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Remote Sens. 2013, 5(7), 3357-3376; doi:10.3390/rs5073357
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Harmonization of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) from Sea-ViewingWide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MERIS)

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Received: 24 May 2013; in revised form: 9 July 2013 / Accepted: 9 July 2013 / Published: 12 July 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High Performance Computing in Remote Sensing)
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Abstract: This paper describes the combination of terrestrial vegetation observations from two sensors, providing a historical dataset used for an in-depth analysis of the corresponding spatio-temporal patterns. The Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) is an important variable suitable for regional to large-scale monitoring of climate impacts on vegetation. In this work, we create an extensive dataset of FAPAR using a 10-day product at ∼1 km resolution from September, 1997, to April, 2012, combining information from two sensors: the NASA/Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) and the European Space Agency (ESA)/Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MERIS). The proposed methodology reduces the noise, fills the gaps and corrects for the spurious trends in the data, providing a time-consistent coverage of FAPAR. We develop a fast merging method and evaluate its performance over Europe and the Horn of Africa.
Keywords: MERIS; SeaWiFS; FAPAR; harmonization; trend MERIS; SeaWiFS; FAPAR; harmonization; trend
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Ceccherini, G.; Gobron, N.; Robustelli, M. Harmonization of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) from Sea-ViewingWide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MERIS). Remote Sens. 2013, 5, 3357-3376.

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Ceccherini G, Gobron N, Robustelli M. Harmonization of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) from Sea-ViewingWide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MERIS). Remote Sensing. 2013; 5(7):3357-3376.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Ceccherini, Guido; Gobron, Nadine; Robustelli, Monica. 2013. "Harmonization of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) from Sea-ViewingWide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MERIS)." Remote Sens. 5, no. 7: 3357-3376.


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