Derivation of land surface temperature for landsat-8 TIRS using a split window algorithm

Offer Rozenstein, Zhihao Qin, Yevgeny Derimian, Arnon Karnieli

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Land surface temperature (LST) is one of the most important variables measured by satellite remote sensing. Public domain data are available from the newly operational Landsat-8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). This paper presents an adjustment of the split window algorithm (SWA) for TIRS that uses atmospheric transmittance and land surface emissivity (LSE) as inputs. Various alternatives for estimating these SWA inputs are reviewed, and a sensitivity analysis of the SWA to misestimating the input parameters is performed. The accuracy of the current development was assessed using simulated Modtran data. The root mean square error (RMSE) of the simulated LST was calculated as 0.93 °C. This SWA development is leading to progress in the determination of LST by Landsat-8 TIRS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5768-5780
Number of pages13
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 25 Mar 2014


  • Land surface temperature
  • Landsat-8
  • TIRS
  • Thermal remote sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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