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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 95-101

ETM+ thermal infrared imagery application for Moscow urban heat island study

M.Y. Grishchenko 
Faculty of Geography of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991, Leninskiye Gory 1, Moscow, Russia
Urban heat island is a phenomenon related to all big cities of the world. Spatial thermal infrared imagery is an important
source of information about its variations in time and space. It specially concerns ETM+ imagery which is characterized
by the best spatial resolution among all accessible spatial thermal infrared imagery - 60 meters. In our study,
we developed the urban heat island and its local thermal anomalies mapping technique based on 10 ETM+ images. The
result of our study is two maps which represent two different versions of Moscow thermal anomalies classification. The
technique of thermal anomalies temporal signatures revealing is developed as well. Temporal signature is a diagram
representing relative thermal emission seasonal changes for an object in a city. Presented materials are able to become
a source of information about city environment and living conditions in it.
Keywords: urban heat island, thermal anomalies, thermal infrared imagery, seasonal changes, imagery interpretation
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