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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(5), 5187-5202;

A Prototype Network for Remote Sensing Validation in China

School of Geographical Sciences, Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing 400715, China
Heihe Remote Sensing Experimental Research Station, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Huailai Remote Sensing Test Station, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100094, China
Changchun Jingyuetan Remote Sensing Experimental Station, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130102, China
Hulunber Grassland Ecosystem Observation and Research Station, Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Qinhuo Liu, Yuei-An Liou, Richard Müller and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 16 December 2014 / Revised: 20 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 24 April 2015
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Validation is an essential and important step before the application of remote sensing products. This paper introduces a prototype of the validation network for remote sensing products in China (VRPC). The VRPC aims to improve remote sensing products at a regional scale in China. These improvements will enhance the applicability of the key remote sensing products in understanding and interpretation of typical land surface processes in China. The framework of the VRPC is introduced first, including its four basic components. Then, the basic selection principles of the observation sites are described, and the principles for the validation of the remote sensing products are established. The VRPC will be realized in stages. In the first stage, four stations that have improved remote sensing observation facilities have been incorporated according to the selection principles. Certain core observation sites have been constructed at these stations. Next the Heihe Station is introduced in detail as an example. The three levels of observation (the research base, pixel-scale validation sites, and regional coverage) adopted by the Heihe Station are carefully explained. The pixel-scale validation sites with nested multi-scale observation systems in this station are the most unique feature, and these sites aim to solve some key scientific problems associated with remote sensing product validation (e.g., the scale effect and scale transformation). Multi-year of in situ measurements will ensure the high accuracy and inter-annual validity of the land products, which will provide dynamic regional monitoring and simulation capabilities in China. The observation sites of the VRPC are open, with the goal of increasing cooperation and exchange with global programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional validation; validation network; remote sensing; remote sensing products; China regional validation; validation network; remote sensing; remote sensing products; China

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Ma, M.; Che, T.; Li, X.; Xiao, Q.; Zhao, K.; Xin, X. A Prototype Network for Remote Sensing Validation in China. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 5187-5202.

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