Abdelghani Chehbouni

Chehbouni Abdelghani is research scientist in IRD. He received his B.S. in fluids Mechanics from University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France in 1987 and his M.S. in Environment Science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in 1989, and a PhD in Hydrology and Remote Sensing from University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse in 1992.

He has been working at the University of Arizona for 18 months and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 2 years. He is co-investigator of several Remote Sensing programs (VEGETATION, ERS2/ATSR2, EOS).

His main research interests include the application of remotely sensed data in land-surface-atmosphere models especially in arid semi-arid regions. He participates in several international experiments (MONSOON'90, Hapex Sahel) and he wasa co-leader of the Semi-Arid-Land-Surface-Atmosphere (SALSA) international program. He joined CESBIO in 2000 as the leader of hydrology group.


Chehbouni, A., Njoku, E.G., Lhomme, J.P., and Y.H. Kerr, 1995, An approach for Averaging Surface Temperature and Surface Fluxes over Heterogeneous Terrain, J. Climate., vol 8, No 5, 1386-1393.

Chehbouni A., Lo Seen D. , Njoku E. G, Monteny B.A. “ Examination of the difference between radiative and aerodynamic surface temperatures over sparsely vegetated surfaces.” Remote Sensing Environment, vol 58:177-186 1996.

Chehbouni A., D. Nichols, E.G. Njoku, J. Qi, and Y.H. Kerr “On the use of radiative surface temperature to estimate sensible heat flux in Nevada” 1997a Remote Sensing Review.Vol 15, pp 99-112.

Chehbouni A., Lo SeenD., Njoku E.G., Lhomme J-P, Monteny B., Kerr Y.H., “ Estimating of sensible heat flux using radiative surface temperature. ” J of Hydrology, Hapex Sahel special issue,vols 188-189, pp 855-868 1997b.

Chehbouni A., Kerr, Y.H., Watts, C., Hartogensis, O., Goodrich, D., Scott, R., Schieldge, J., Lee , K., Shuttleworth, W.G., Dedieu, G. and De Bruin, H.A.R., 1999. Estimation of area- average sensible heat flux using a large aperture scintillometer, Water Resour. Res. Vol. 35 , No. 8 , p. 2505-2512

Chehbouni, A. C. Watts, J.-P. Lagouarde, Y.H. Kerr, J.-C. Rodriguez, J.-M. Bonnefond, F. Santiago, G. Dedieu, D.C. Goodrich and C. Unkrich (2000a) Estimation of heat and momentum fluxes over complex terrain using a large aperture scintillometer, J. Agric. and For. Meteorol. 105:215-226.

Chehbouni, A., C. Watts, Y.H. Kerr, G. Dedieu, J.-.C. Rodriguez, F. Santiago, P. Cayrol, G. Boulet, and D.C. Goodrich (2000b) Methods to aggregate turbulent fluxes over heterogeneous surfaces: application to SALSA data set in Mexico, J. Agric. and For. Meteorol. 105:133-144.

Chehbouni, A., D.C. Goodrich, M.S. Moran, C.J. Watts, Y.H. Kerr, G. Dedieu, W.G. Kepner, W.J. Shuttleworth and S. Sorooshian (2000c) A preliminary synthesis of major scientific results during the SALSA program, J. Agric. and For. Meteorol. 105:311-323.

Chehbouni A, Y. Nouvellon , Y.H. Kerr, M. S. Moran, C. Watts, L. Prevot, D. C. Goodrich , and S. Rambal, (2001a). directional effect on radiative surface temperature measurements over a semi-arid grassland site, Rem. Sens. Environ. 76:360-372.

Chehbouni A., Y. Nouvellon, J-P Lhomme, C. Watts,G. Boulet, Y.H. Kerr, M. S. Moran, and D. C. Goodrich. (2001b) Estimation of surface sensible heat flux using dual angle observations of radiative surface temperature. J. Agric. and For. Meteorol., 108: 55-65.

role in the SMOS mission:

Chehbouni will contribute mainly in :