Surface temperature statistics from 84 NOAA AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) satellite images of the Los Angeles basin are interpreted as functions of the corresponding urban land-cover classified from a multispectral SPOT image. Urban heat islands observed in the temperature statistics correlate well with the distribution of industrial and fully built areas. Small cool islands coincide with highly watered parks and golf courses. There is a significant negative correlation between the afternoon surface temperature and a vegetation index computed from the SPOT image.
EARTH RESOURCES AND REMOTE SENSING
IGARSS ''91: Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium; Jun 03, 1991 - Jun 06, 1991; Espoo; Finland