Title: Land Surface Indicators from Space: Methodology and Preliminary Results
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC36446
Other Identifiers: EUR 22477 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36446
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This document overviews the content and the preliminary results of a specific work package entitled Land Surface Indicators from Space of the Land Use and Landscapes from the Joint Research Center (JRC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) 2006 work plan described in Kennedy and Stanners (2005). The first section summarizes the objectives of the activities in the context of the EEA project Land and Ecosystems Accounts. The main goal is the estimate and the analysis of the Net Primary Productivity (NPP) over terrestrial surfaces from space remote sensing products over various land cover types in Europe. The Knorr and Heimann (1995)'s model is applied to compute the NPP using the current JRC- Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) products as input. This simple generic global biosphere model requires also the downward photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) at the surface level. Sections 3, 4 and 5 outline the model, identify the sources of input data stream, and present preliminary results over European countries, respectively. Concluding remarks and perspectives are then given at the end of the document.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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