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Validation of global moderate resolution LAI Products: a framework proposed within the CEOS Land Product Validation subgroup
As they relate to the validation of MOD15

Authors: Jeff Morisette, Fred Baret, Jeff Privette, Ranga Myneni, Jaime Nickeson, Sébastien Garrigues, Nikolay Shabanov, Marie Weiss, Richard Fernandes, Sylvain Leblanc, Margaret Kalacska, Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Michael Chubey, Benoit Rivard, Pauline Stenberg, Miina Rautiainen, Pekka Voipio, Terhikki Manninen, Andrew Pilant, Timothy Lewis, John Iiames, Roberto Colombo, Michele Meroni, Lorenzo Busetto, Warren Cohen, David Turner, Eric Warner,and Gary Petersen, Guenter Seufert, Robert Cook

Source: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 44, No. 7, July 2006

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Initiated in 1984, the Committee Earth Observing SatellitesÕ Working Group on Calibration and Validation (CEOS WGCV) pursues activities to coordinate, standardize and advance calibration and validation of civilian satellites and their data. One subgroup of CEOS WGCV, Land Product Validation (LPV), was established in 2000 to define standard validation guidelines and protocols and to foster data and information exchange relevant to the validation of land products. Since then, a number of Leaf Area Index (LAI) products have become available to the science community at both global and regional extents. Having multiple global LAI products and multiple, disparate validation activities related to these products, presents the opportunity to realize efficiency through international collaboration. So the LPV subgroup established an international LAI intercomparison validation activity. This paper describes the main components of this international validation effort. The paper documents the current participants, their ground LAI measurements and scaling techniques, and the metadata and infrastructure established to share data. The paper concludes by describing plans for sharing both field data and high-resolution LAI products from each site and the LPV groupÕs plans to synthesize the data and site-specific results into a global intercomparison. Many considerations of this global LAI intercomparison can apply to other products and this article presents a framework for such collaboration.