Leaf Area Index

sample thumbnail of surface reflectance image

 

LAI is defined as the one-sided green leaf area per unit ground area in broadleaf canopies and as half the
total needle surface area per unit ground area in coniferous canopies. FPAR is the fraction of photosynthetically
active radiation (400-700 nm) absorbed by green vegetation. Both variables are used for calculating surface
photosynthesis, evapotranspiration, and net primary production, which in turn are used to calculate terrestrial
energy, carbon, water cycle processes, and biogeochemistry of vegetation. Algorithm refinements have improved
quality of retrievals and consistency with field measurements over all biomes, with a focus on woody vegetation.

 

Product PI: Ranga Myneni
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Product References

Myneni, R., Knyazikhin, Y., Park, T. (2015). MOD15A2H MODIS/Terra Leaf Area Index/FPAR 8-Day L4 Global 500m SIN Grid V006. NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC. http://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MOD15A2H.006

Myneni, R., Knyazikhin, Y., Park, T. (2015). MYD15A2H MODIS/Aqua Leaf Area Index/FPAR 8-Day L4 Global 500m SIN Grid V006. NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC. http://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MYD15A2H.006

Myneni, R., Knyazikhin, Y., Park, T. (2015). MCD15A2H MODIS/Terra+Aqua Leaf Area Index/FPAR 8-day L4 Global 500m SIN Grid V006. NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC. http://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MCD15A2H.006

Myneni, R., Knyazikhin, Y., Park, T. (2015). MCD15A3H MODIS/Terra+Aqua Leaf Area Index/FPAR 4-day L4 Global 500m SIN Grid V006. NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC. http://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MCD15A3H.006

 

See links below to the Product Description pages posted at the LP DAAC (product details, data access links, and more....)



Product Name


Leaf Area Index/FPAR 8-Day L4 Global 500m

Leaf Area Index/FPAR 4-Day L4 Global 500m

 

Terra Product ID


MOD15A2H

Aqua Product ID


MYD15A2H

Combined Product ID


MCD15A2H

MCD15A3H

01-Jul-2016