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Spatio-Temporal Variation in AOD and Correlation Analysis with PAR and NPP in China from 2001 to 2017

State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(6), 976;
Received: 14 January 2020 / Revised: 9 March 2020 / Accepted: 14 March 2020 / Published: 18 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Atmosphere Remote Sensing)
Atmospheric aerosols can elicit variations in how much solar radiation reaches the ground surface due to scattering and absorption, which may affect plant photosynthesis and carbon uptake in terrestrial ecosystems. In this study, the spatio-temporal variations in aerosol optical depth (AOD) are compared with that in photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) and net primary productivity (NPP) during 2001–2017 in China using multiple remote sensing data. The correlations between them are analyzed at different scales. Overall, the AOD exhibited a northeast-to-southwest decreasing pattern in space. A national increasing trend of 0.004 year−1 and a declining trend of −0.007 year−1 of AOD are observed during 2001–2008 and 2009–2017. The direct PAR (PARdir) and diffuse PAR (PARdif) present consistent and opposite tendency with AOD during two periods, respectively. The total PAR (PARtotal) shows a similar variation pattern with PARdir. In terms of annual variation, the peaks of AOD coincide with the peaks of PARdif and the troughs of PARdir, indicating that aerosols have a significant positive impact on PARdir and a negative impact on PARdif. Furthermore, the PARdir has a stronger negative association with AOD than the positive correlation between PARdif and AOD at national and regional scales, indicating that PARdir is more sensitive to aerosol changes. The NPP has higher values in the east than in the west and exhibits a significant increasing trend of 0.035 gCm−2day−1 after 2008. The NPP has a negative correlation (−0.4–0) with AOD and PARdif and a positive correlation (0–0.4) with PARdir in most areas of China. The area covered by forests has the highest NPP-PAR correlation, indicating that NPP in forests is more sensitive to the PAR than is the NPP in grasslands and croplands. This study is beneficial for interpreting the aerosol-induced PAR impact on plant growth and for predicting plant production on haze days. View Full-Text
Keywords: AOD; PAR; NPP; spatio-temporal variation; correlation AOD; PAR; NPP; spatio-temporal variation; correlation
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Li, X.; Liang, H.; Cheng, W. Spatio-Temporal Variation in AOD and Correlation Analysis with PAR and NPP in China from 2001 to 2017. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 976.

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