U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government


Main content area

Monitoring daily evapotranspiration over two California vineyards using Landsat 8 in a multi-sensor data fusion approach

Semmens, Kathryn A., Anderson, Martha C., Kustas, William P., Gao, Feng, Alfieri, Joseph G., McKee, Lynn, Prueger, John H., Hain, Christopher R., Cammalleri, Carmelo, Yang, Yun, Xia, Ting, Sanchez, Luis, Mar Alsina, Maria, Vélez, Mónica
Remote sensing of environment 2016 v.185 pp. 155-170
Landsat, adaptive management, algorithms, cover crops, drought, energy balance, evapotranspiration, grapes, grasses, growing season, irrigation management, models, moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer, monitoring, production technology, remote sensing, soil quality, soil water, spatial data, vines, vineyards, viticulture, winemaking, yield mapping, California
California's Central Valley grows a significant fraction of grapes used for wine production in the United States. With increasing vineyard acreage, reduced water availability in much of California, and competing water use interests, it is critical to be able to monitor regional water use and evapotranspiration (ET) over large areas, but also in detail at individual field scales to improve water management within these viticulture production systems. This can be achieved by integrating remote sensing data from multiple satellite systems with different spatiotemporal characteristics. In this research, we evaluate the utility of a multi-scale system for monitoring ET as applied over two vineyard sites near Lodi, California during the 2013 growing season, leading into the drought in early 2014. The system employs a multi-sensor satellite data fusion methodology (STARFM: Spatial and Temporal Adaptive Reflective Fusion Model) combined with a multi-scale ET retrieval algorithm based on the Two-Source Energy Balance (TSEB) land-surface representation to compute daily ET at 30m resolution. In this system, TSEB is run using thermal band imagery from the Geostationary Environmental Operational Satellites (GOES; 4-km spatial resolution, hourly temporal sampling), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data (1km resolution, daily acquisition) and the new Landsat 8 satellite (sharpened to 30m resolution, ~16day acquisition). Estimates of daily ET generated in two neighboring fields of Pinot noir vines of different age agree with ground-based flux measurements acquired in-field during most of the 2013 season with relative mean absolute errors on the order of 19–23% (root mean square errors of approximately 1mmd−1), reducing to 14–20% at the weekly timestep relevant for irrigation management (~5mmwk−1). A model overestimation of ET in the early season was detected in the younger vineyard, perhaps relating to an inter-row grass cover crop. Spatial patterns of cumulative ET generally correspond to measured yield maps and indicate areas of variable crop moisture, soil condition, and yield within the vineyards that could require adaptive management. The results suggest that multi-sensor remote sensing observations provide a unique means for monitoring crop water use and soil moisture status at field-scales over extended growing regions, and may have value in supporting operational water management decisions in vineyards and other high value crops.