Modeling medium resolution evapotranspiration using downscaling techniques in north-western part of India


  • Arvind Dhaloiya Department of Soil and Water Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Darshana Duhan CCS Haryana Agricultural University Hisar, Haryana
  • DM Denis Department of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, VIAET, SHUATS, Prayagraj
  • Dharmendra Singh Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), Hisar, Haryana, India
  • Mukesh Kumar Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), Hisar, Haryana, India
  • Manender Singh Department of Horticulture, CCSHAU, Hisar, Haryana, India



Downscaling, Evapotranspiration, MODIS, Landsat, MLR, LS-SVM


The present investigation provides a modeling solution to downscale MODIS-based evapotranspiration (ET) at a 30 m spatial resolution from its original 500 m spatial resolution using meteorological and Landsat 8 (Operational Land Imager, OLI) data by employing downscaling models. The nine indices namely Surface Albedo, Land Surface Temperature (LST), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Soil-Adjusted Vegetation Index (SAVI), Modified Soil-Adjusted Vegetation Index (MSAVI), Normalized Difference Built-up Index (NDBI), Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI), Normalized Difference Moisture Index (NDMI), and Normalized Difference Infrared Index for Band 7 (NDIIB7) were calculated from Lansat 8 data at 30 m spatial resolution. The multiple linear regression (MLR) and Least Square Support Vector Machine (LS-SVM) models were developed to generate the relationship between MODIS 500 m ET and Landsat indices at 500 m scale. Further, these develop models were used to estimate 30 m ET based on 30 m Landsat 8 indices. The performance of developed models (MLR and LS-SVM) was carried out using correlation coefficient (CC), Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient (NASH) efficiency, Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) and Normalised Mean Square Error (NMSE). Penman–Monteith (PM) method was used to estimate the ET using observed station data. The results show that lowest ETO was observed in the month of December while it was maximum in the month of May. Using the performances indices, it was found that LS-SVM model slightly outperformed than MLR model. However, the downscaled model overestimates ET in comparison to the Penman-Monteith method. Further, the significant correlation was found between MODIS ET and LS-SVM ET at all the stations.




How to Cite

A. Dhaloiya, D. Duhan, D. Denis, D. . Singh, M. Kumar, and M. Singh, “Modeling medium resolution evapotranspiration using downscaling techniques in north-western part of India”, MAUSAM, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 561–578, Jul. 2023.



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