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MERIS Monitoring Tracks Planetary Photosynthesis Levels

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September 26, 2005
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Daily multispectral observations from Envisat's MERIS sensor are being combined with a sophisticated processing algorithm and powerful Grid computing to reveal global photosynthesis activity on land. This permits researchers to trace the state of health of terrestrial plant cover, identifying areas under stress and assessing damage from drought or fires.

The fraction of incoming solar radiation useful for photosynthesis that is actually absorbed by vegetation – a value known as the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) – measured for the month March 2005, against a base period of measurements from 1998 to 2002. Credit: EC-JRC.


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