Determination of the land surface temperature of the Cukurova Region using NOAA APT data

Pestemalci V., Kandirmaz H., yeğingil İ., Yildiz B. Y.

CHINESE JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, vol.42, no.6, pp.776-785, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.776-785
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


Many studies have indicated that the estimation of the land surface temperature using the NOAA satellite analog picture transmission (APT) images is an alternative and easy method compared with other classical methods. In the present work, land surface temperatures of the Cukurova Region in Turkey were estimated during the months of April and July 1998 by using NOAA APT data. DARTCOM hardware and Winsat Pro32 software were used to receive and rectify the APT data. These rectified APT images were used to calculate the surface temperature, and then the results were compared with the meteorological ground based measurements. Comparison of both sets of data indicated a correlation coefficient of 0.97. The rms error for the calculated temperature was evaluated as 1.2degreesC. A surface temperature map of the Cukurova Region was obtained for 12 April, 1998. As a result of this study, it was concluded that the land surface temperature can be determined by using the NOAA APT data with reasonable precision.