Thermal image data

What is Thermal imagery?

TerrAvion thermal imagery is a color illustration of thermography data captured from our aircraft. TerrAvion newest development for thermal data is called Pansharpened Thermal. This image data provides a great amount of detail for each field. The new Pansharpened thermal shows row level structural data with the thermography so that water, irrigation, and transpiration anomalies can be pinpointed with great accuracy. The  pansharpened thermal provides about 25 times more detail than the regular thermal image data. High-resolution thermal images provide relative ground temperature information and detect variations in temperature throughout a field.

How is Thermal image data used?

Moisture is one of, if not the most important part of raising crops. High-resolution thermal imagery, such as that provided by TerrAvion, is a powerful tool for monitoring any moisture situation in fields. Users can, for example, identify wet areas before they plant, monitor their irrigation and drainage systems to ensure they are functioning properly and efficiently, and identify and address flooded areas after weather events. Another way to use this data is to do irrigation tests that can be compared to the differences in vigor with the other image NDVI.

Thermal image data and sustainability

Water is considered one of the most critical factors in agricultural sustainability. The number of irrigated fields are increasing while the amount of water available for agriculture will be going down due to increased domestic and industrial use. Also, the efficiency of irrigation is very low, meaning not all irrigated water is actually used by crops due to run off or evaporation. Thermal imagery helps manage water use and make your water management more sustainable. Click here to read the blog post about how TerrAvion aerial imagery can help with sustainability.

Thermal technical information

The thermal channel 7 scale is in 0.1 Kelvin. For example, a pixel intensity of 3000 equals 300.0 Kelvin, which is 26.85 °C or 80.33 °F.  Information about our other product layers can be found here.

Interested to learn more about TerrAvion‘s other image layer NDVI? Click here!

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