Remote sensing analysis of Kuwait City's thermal environment

Andy Y. Kwarteng*, Christopher Small

*Corresponding author for this work

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Satellite-derived thermal information over urban areas offers and attractive and inexpensive method which have been utilized in diverse studies including land cover classification, energy flux interactions, and as input for models of urban surface atmosphere exchange. In this study, multitemporal Landsat TM imagery are analyzed for the dependence of energy fluxes on the urban surface properties in Kuwait City located in an arid environments. Thermal imagery is used in conjunction with multispectral imagery to interpret the distribution of surface temperatures in the context of endmember abundances estimated by spectral mixture analysis. In addition, the changes in the thermal properties over several years are evaluated for the city. Scatterplots of surface temperature and vegetation fractions define the physical limits imposed by the vegetation cover, soil water content, and different combinations of surface materials in Kuwait City.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 Urban Remote Sensing Joint Event, URS
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 Urban Remote Sensing Joint Event, URS - Paris, France
Duration: Apr 11 2007Apr 13 2007

Publication series

Name2007 Urban Remote Sensing Joint Event, URS


Other2007 Urban Remote Sensing Joint Event, URS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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