Title: Validation of the Operational MERIS FAPAR
Citation: Proceedings of the IGARSS 2007 - IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium p. 2398-2403
Publisher: IEEE-Inst Electrical Electronics Engineers Inc
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37900
URI: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/
DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.20074423325
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
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.
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