Photosynthesis and stomatal conductance related to reflectance on the canopy scale

S. B. Verma, P. J. Sellers, C. L. Walthall, F. G. Hall, J. Kim, S. J. Goetz

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Field measurements of carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes were analyzed in conjunction with reflectances obtained from a helicopter-mounted Modular Multiband Radiometer (MMR) at a grassland study site during the First ISLSCP (International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project) Field Experiment (FIFE). These measurements are representative of the canopy scale and were made over a range of meteorological and soil moisture conditions during different stages in the annual life cycle of the prairie vegetation, and thus provide a good basis for investigating hypotheses/relationships potentially useful in remote sensing applications. We tested the hypothesis (Sellers, 1987) that the simple ratio vegetation index (SR) should be near-linearly related to the derivatives of the unstressed canopy stomatal conductance (g*c) and the unstressed canopy photosynthesis (P*c) with respect to photosynthetically active radiation (PAR). Even though there is some scatter in our data, the results seem to support this hypothesis. Further investigation, however, is needed before such relationships can be employed in satellite remote sensing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-116
Number of pages14
JournalRemote Sensing of Environment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Geology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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