Monitoring energy and mass transfers during the Alpilles-ReSeDA experiment

Albert Olioso*, Isabelle Braud, André Chanzy, Jérome Demarty, Yannick Ducros, Jean Claude Gaudu, Enrique Gonzalez-Sosa, Elizabet Lewan, Olivier Marloie, Catherine Ottlé, Laurent Prévot, Jean Louis Thony, Hervé Autret, Olivier Bethenod, Jean Marc Bonnefond, Nadine Bruguier, Jean Paul Buis, Jean Christophe Calvet, Vicente Caselles, Habiba ChaukiCesar Coll, Christophe François, Robert Goujet, Raymond Jongschaap, Yann Kerr, Christine King, Jean Pierre Lagouarde, Jean Paul Laurent, Patrice Lecharpentier, John McAneney, Sophie Moulin, Eva Rubio, Marie Weiss, Jean Pierre Wigneron

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The Alpilles-ReSeDA program was initiated to develop and test methods for interpreting remote sensing data that could lead to a better evaluation of soil and vegetation processes. This article presents the experiment that was setup in order to acquire the necessary data to achieve this goal. Intensive measurements were performed for almost one year over a small agricultural region in the South of France (20 kilometers square). To capture the main processes controlling land-atmosphere exchanges, the local climate was fully characterized, and surface energy fluxes, vegetation biomass, vegetation structure, soil moisture profiles, surface soil moisture, surface temperature and soil temperature were monitored. Additional plant physiological measurements and a full characterization of physical soil parameters were also carried out. After presenting the different types of measurements, examples are given in order to illustrate the variability of soils and plant processes in the area in response to the experienced climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-610
Number of pages14
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Evapotranspiration
  • Experiment
  • Soil moisture
  • Soil physical properties
  • Surface energy fluxes
  • Vegetation characterization


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