Title: Evaluation of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation Products for Different Canopy Radiation Transfer Regimes: Methodology and Results Using Joint Research Center Products Derived from SeaWiFS Against Ground-based Estimations
Citation: JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH vol. 111 no. D13110 p. 1-15
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC33546
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC33546
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper discusses the quality and the accuracy of the Joint Research Center (JRC) Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) products generated from an analysis of SeaWiFS data. The FAPAR value acts as an indicator of the presence and state of the vegetation and it can be estimated from remote sensing measurements using a physically based approach. The quality of the SeaWiFS FAPAR products assessed in this paper capitalizes on the availability of a six-year FAPAR time series over the full globe. This evaluation exercise is performed in two phases involving, first, an analysis of the verisimilitude of the FAPAR products under documented nvironmental conditions and, second, a direct comparison of the FAPAR alues with ground-based estimations where and when the latter are available. This second phase is conducted following a careful analysis of problems arising for performing such a comparison. This results in the grouping of available field information into broad categories representing different radiative transfer regimes. This strategy greatly helps the interpretation of the results since it recognizes the various levels of difficulty and sources of uncertainty associated with the radiative sampling of different types of vegetation canopies.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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