Remote Sensing, Vol. 10, Pages 2045: Accuracy Assessment on MODIS (V006), GLASS and MuSyQ Land-Surface Albedo Products: A Case Study in the Heihe River Basin, China

Research paper by Xiaodan Wu, Jianguang Wen, Qing Xiao, Dongqin You, Baocheng Dou, Xinwen Lin, Andreas Hueni

Indexed on: 21 Dec '18Published on: 16 Dec '18Published in: Remote sensing


This study assessed accuracies of MCD43A3, Global Land-Surface Satellite (GLASS) and forthcoming Multi-source Data Synergized Quantitative Remote Sensing Production system (MuSyQ) albedos using ground observations and Huan Jing (HJ) data over the Heihe River Basin. MCD43A3 and MuSyQ albedos show similar high accuracies with identical root mean square errors (RMSE). Nevertheless, MuSyQ albedo is better correlated with ground measurements when sufficient valid observations are available or snow-free. The opposite happens when less than seven valid observations are available. GLASS albedo presents a larger RMSE than MCD43A3 and MuSyQ albedos in comparison with ground measurements. Over surfaces with smaller seasonal variations, MCD43A3 and MuSyQ albedos show smaller RMSEs than GLASS albedo in comparison with HJ albedo. However, for surfaces with larger temporal variations, both RMSEs and R2 of GLASS albedo are comparable with MCD43A3 and MuSyQ. Generally, MCD43A3 and MuSyQ albedos featured the same RMSEs of 0.034 and similar R2 (0.920 and 0.903, respectively), which are better than GLASS albedo (RMSE = 0.043, R2 = 0.787). However, when it comes to comparison with aggregated HJ albedo, MuSyQ and GLASS albedos are with lower RMSEs of 0.027 and 0.032 and higher R2 of 0.900 and 0.898 respectively than MCD43A3 (RMSE = 0.038, R2 = 0.836). Despite the limited geographic region of the study area, they still provide an important insight into the accuracies of three albedo products.