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|Title:||Validation of the Operational MERIS FAPAR|
|Authors:||GOBRON NADINE; PINTY BERNARD; AUSSEDAT Ophelie; LAVERGNE Thomas; MELIN FREDERIC; ROBUSTELLI MONICA; TABERNER MALCOLM|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the IGARSS 2007 - IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium p. 2398-2403|
|Publisher:||IEEE-Inst Electrical Electronics Engineers Inc|
|Type:||Contributions to Conferences|
|Abstract:||This paper discusses the validation of the operational Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) land product which corresponds to the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR). This biophysical variable acts as an indicator of the presence and state of the vegetation and it is currently estimated from MERIS data at both reduced and full resolution using a physically-based approach. The quality of the MERIS FAPAR products, derived from the MERIS Global Vegetation Index (MGVI) algorithm, capitalizes on the availability of MERIS data since June 2002. The validation protocol to assess the accuracy of FAPAR product includes 1) the estimates of theoretical uncertainties (versus the algorithm formulae and instrument calibration performance), 2) the assessment of the performance for detecting various events (verisimilitude) against the time-series of well-known land surfaces and 3) the direct comparisons of the FAPAR MERIS values to similar products generated by other independent sensors, like the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) and the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and against ground-estimates of FAPAR performed over various vegetation types.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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