The role of remote sensing in the study of terrestrial net primary production


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.

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