Faculty Publications

Title

Surface temperature mapping of the University of Northern Iowa Campus using high resolution thermal infrared aerial imageries

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Aerial, Buildings, Infrared, Remote sensing, Steam lines, Surface temperature, Thermal

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sensors

Volume

8

Issue

8

First Page

5055

Last Page

5068

Abstract

The goal of this project was to map the surface temperature of the University of Northern Iowa campus using high-resolution thermal infrared aerial imageries. A thermal camera with a spectral bandwidth of 3.0-5.0 μm was flown at the average altitude of 600 m, achieving ground resolution of 29 cm. Ground control data was used to construct the pixel-to-temperature conversion model, which was later used to produce temperature maps of the entire campus and also for validation of the model. The temperature map then was used to assess the building rooftop conditions and steam line faults in the study area. Assessment of the temperature map revealed a number of building structures that may be subject to insulation improvement due to their high surface temperatures leaks. Several hot spots were also identified on the campus for steam pipelines faults. High-resolution thermal infrared imagery proved highly effective tool for precise heat anomaly detection on the campus, and it can be used by university facility services for effective future maintenance of buildings and grounds.

Original Publication Date

8-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.3390/s8085055

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