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  1. Vol. 58 No. 6, p. 597-601
    Received: May 3, 1966

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Infrared Thermometry of Vegetation1

  1. M Fuchs and
  2. C. B. Tanner2



Infrared thermometers with a bandpass filter from 8µ to 13µ can be used to measure the real temperature of vegetal surfaces with errors in the range of 0.IC to 0.3C. To do this the emissivity must be either known or determined and a correction accounting for the reflected radiation from the surroundings must be made. Values of emissivities found for dense canopies of alfalfa and of sudangrass were between 0.97 and 0.98. Emissivities of single leaves of snap bean and tobacco were 0.96 and 0.97, respectively. Depending upon the radiation of the surroundings corrections of +0.6C to .+1.4C had to be added to the apparent radiative temperature of these surfaces in order to yield real surface temperature.

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