The GLOBCARBON initiative: global biophysical products for global terrestrial carbon studies

Stephen Plummer*, Olivier Arino, Franck Ranera, Kevin Tansey, Roland Leigh, Jing Chen, Gerard Dedieu, Hugh Eva, Geert Borstlap, Bart Beusen, Freddy Fierens, Walter Heyns, Riccardo Benedetti, Roselyne Lacaze, Sebastien Garrigues, Tristan Quaife, Martin De Kauwe, Shaun Quegan, Michael Raupach, Peter BriggsBen Poulter, Alberte Bondeau, Peter Rayner, Martin Schultz

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Understanding the spatial and temporal variation in carbon fluxes is essential to constrain models that predict climate change. However, our current knowledge of spatial and temporal patterns is uncertain, particularly over land. The European Space Agency (ESA) GLOBCARBON project was initiated to generate fully calibrated estimates of at-land products quasi-independent of the original Earth Observation source for use in Dynamic Global Vegetation Models, a central component of the Earth System Science Partnership's Global Carbon Project. The service features global estimates of: burned area, fAPAR, LAI and vegetation growth cycle for six complete years, from 1998 to 2007 when overlap exists between ESA Earth Observation sensors (ATSR-2, AATSR and MERIS) and the French SPOT VEGETATION sensor. This paper outlines the GLOBCARBON project, the Burned area and Leaf Area Index products, their validation and inter-comparison with equivalents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd MERIS/(A)ATSR User Workshop
Editors Huguette Sawaya-Lacoste, Leny Ouwehand
Place of PublicationNoordwijk, The Netherlands
PublisherESA Publications Division
Number of pages8
Edition666 SP
ISBN (Print)9789292212308
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd MERIS/(A)ATSR User Workshop - Frascati, Italy
Duration: 22 Sept 200826 Sept 2008


Other2nd MERIS/(A)ATSR User Workshop


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