Improving the performance of remote sensing models for capturing intra- and inter-annual variations in daily GPP: An analysis using global FLUXNET tower data

M. Verma*, M.A. Friedl, B.E. Law, D. Bonal, G. Kiely, T.A. Black, G. Wohlfahrt, E.J. Moors, L. Montagnani, B. Marcolla, P. Toscano, A. Varlagin, O. Roupsard, A. Cescatti, M.A. Arain, P. D'Odorico

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Abstract

Accurate and reliable estimates of gross primary productivity (GPP) are required for monitoring the global carbon cycle at different spatial and temporal scales. Because GPP displays high spatial and temporal variation, remote sensing plays a major role in producing gridded estimates of GPP across spatiotemporal scales. In this context, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of remote sensing-based models of GPP and improving their performance is a key contemporary scientific activity. We used measurements from 157 research sites (~470 site-years) in the FLUXNET "La Thuile" data and compared the skills of 11 different remote sensing models in capturing intra- and inter-annual variations in daily GPP in seven different biomes. Results show that the models were able to capture significant intra-annual variation in GPP (Index of Agreement. = 0.4-0.80) in all biomes. However, the models' ability to track inter-annual variation in daily GPP was significantly weaker (IoA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-429
JournalAgricultural and Forest Meteorology
Volume214-215
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • FLUXNET
  • Gross primary productivity
  • Lagged effects
  • Modeling
  • Remote sensing
  • Seasonal

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    Verma, M., Friedl, M. A., Law, B. E., Bonal, D., Kiely, G., Black, T. A., Wohlfahrt, G., Moors, E. J., Montagnani, L., Marcolla, B., Toscano, P., Varlagin, A., Roupsard, O., Cescatti, A., Arain, M. A., & D'Odorico, P. (2015). Improving the performance of remote sensing models for capturing intra- and inter-annual variations in daily GPP: An analysis using global FLUXNET tower data. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 214-215, 416-429. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.09.005