Ability of the Photochemical Reflectance Index to Track Light Use Efficiency for a Sub-Tropical Planted Coniferous Forest
AbstractLight use efficiency (LUE) models are widely used to estimate gross primary productivity (GPP), a dominant component of the terrestrial carbon cycle. Their outputs are very sensitive to LUE. Proper determination of this parameter is a prerequisite for LUE models to simulate GPP at regional and global scales. This study was devoted to investigating the ability of the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) to track LUE variations for a sub-tropical planted coniferous forest in southern China using tower-based PRI and GPP measurements over the period from day 101 to 275 in 2013. Both half-hourly PRI and LUE exhibited detectable diurnal and seasonal variations, and decreased with increases of vapor pressure deficit (VPD), air temperature (Ta), and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR). Generally, PRI is able to capture diurnal and seasonal changes in LUE. However, correlations of PRI with LUE varied dramatically throughout the growing season. The correlation was the strongest (R2 = 0.6427, p < 0.001) in July and the poorest in May. Over the entire growing season, PRI relates better to LUE under clear or partially cloudy skies (clearness index, CI > 0.3) with moderate to high VPD (>20 hPa) and high temperatures (>31 C). Overall, we found that PRI is most sensitive to variations in LUE under stressed conditions, and the sensitivity decreases as the growing conditions become favorable when atmosphere water vapor, temperature and soil moisture are near the optimum conditions. View Full-Text
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Zhang, Q.; Ju, W.; Chen, J.M.; Wang, H.; Yang, F.; Fan, W.; Huang, Q.; Zheng, T.; Feng, Y.; Zhou, Y.; He, M.; Qiu, F.; Wang, X.; Wang, J.; Zhang, F.; Chou, S. Ability of the Photochemical Reflectance Index to Track Light Use Efficiency for a Sub-Tropical Planted Coniferous Forest. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 16938-16962.
Zhang Q, Ju W, Chen JM, Wang H, Yang F, Fan W, Huang Q, Zheng T, Feng Y, Zhou Y, He M, Qiu F, Wang X, Wang J, Zhang F, Chou S. Ability of the Photochemical Reflectance Index to Track Light Use Efficiency for a Sub-Tropical Planted Coniferous Forest. Remote Sensing. 2015; 7(12):16938-16962.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Qian; Ju, Weimin; Chen, Jing M.; Wang, Huimin; Yang, Fengting; Fan, Weiliang; Huang, Qing; Zheng, Ting; Feng, Yongkang; Zhou, Yanlian; He, Mingzhu; Qiu, Feng; Wang, Xiaojie; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Fangmin; Chou, Shuren. 2015. "Ability of the Photochemical Reflectance Index to Track Light Use Efficiency for a Sub-Tropical Planted Coniferous Forest." Remote Sens. 7, no. 12: 16938-16962.