EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > LAND TEMPERATURE > SKIN TEMPERATURE
Skin temperature refers to the effective radiating temperature of the soil
plus canopy surface. It is inferred from satellites in the 8-12 um window
region. In climate models, it is the temperature used to determine upward
thermal emission. The skin temperature usually shows a larger diurnal
variation than the surface air temperature, a factor that needs to be
considered when evaluating data/model comparisons. See [R. E. Dickinson.
Land surface. In K. E. Trenberth, editor, Climate System Modeling, pages
149-171. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1992].