The Role of Remote Sensing in the Study of Terrestrial Net Primary Production

Scott V. Ollinger, Robert N. Treuhaft, Bobby H. Braswell, Jeanne E. Anderson, Mary E. Martin and Smith Marie-Louise

in Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780195168662
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790128 | DOI:

Series: The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series

 						The Role of Remote Sensing in the Study of Terrestrial Net Primary Production

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Extension of field measurements to appropriate spatial scales is essential to addressing regional and global ecological patterns and environmental problems. The selective absorption and reflection of radiation by plant tissues provide the basis for obtaining relevant information using remote sensing platforms to sample large portions of the Earth's surface. This chapter details the most commonly used remote sensing approaches for production estimation on land. Passive sensors are described in conjunction with light-use models and ecosystem process models for large-scale estimation of primary production. Active sensors, including radar and lidar, also are described.

Keywords: leaf area index; lidar; radar; NDN; high spectral resolution sensors; light use efficiency

Chapter.  14554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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