A physiologically-driven spectral index using two ocean-color bands of MODIS satellite sensor showed great potential to track seasonally changing photosynthetic light use efficiency (LUE) and stress-induced reduction in net primary productivity (NPP) of terrestrial vegetation. Based on these findings, we developed a simple ‘‘continuous field’’ model solely based on remotely sensed spectral data that could explain 88% of variability in flux-tower based daily NPP. For the first time, such a procedure is successfully tested at landscape level using satellite imagery. These findings highlight the unexplored potential of narrow-band satellite sensors to improve estimates of spatial and temporal distribution in terrestrial carbon flux.
Rahman, Abdullah; Cordova, Vicente D.; Gamon, John A.; Schmid, Hans Peter; and Sims, Daniel A., "Potential of MODIS ocean bands for estimating CO2 flux from terrestrial vegetation: A novel approach" (2004). Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences Faculty Publications and Presentations. 18.
Geophysical Research Letters