Abstract 3: 22 October, Atmospheric Research, Melbourne

LAND COVER, PHENOLOGY, LEAF-AREA INDEX, PAR FRACTION ABSORPTION, AND BIDIRECTIONAL REFLECTANCE/VEGETATION STRUCTURE FROM MODIS FOR TERRESTRIAL CARBON MODELLING

NASA's Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) is an earth-imaging instrument now aboard both the Terra and Aqua polar-orbiting spacecrafts. Each instrument acquires near-daily whole-earth images in 36 spectral bands for global observation of oceans, atmosphere, and land. The suite of MODIS land science products applicable to global terrestrial carbon balance modeling includes land cover, phenology, leaf-area index (LAI), and absorbed fraction of photosynthetically-active radiation (FPAR). Observations of directional reflectance anisotropy observed from MODIS have the potential to reveal subpixel vegetation structure.


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