Vegetation Properties


Leaf Area IndexFraction of Vegetation CoverAbsorbed Photosynthetic Active RadiationGross Primary ProductionNormalized Difference Vegetation Index

 


Leaf Area Index (LAI)

Leaf Area Index (LAI)  is a dimensionless variable [m2/m2], which defines an important structural property of a plant canopy. LAI is defined as one half the total leaf area per unit ground area. It accounts for the surface of leaves contained in a vertical column normalized by its cross-sectional area. It defines thus the area of green vegetation that interacts with solar radiation determining the remote sensing signal, and represents the size of the interface between the vegetation canopy and the atmosphere for energy and mass exchanges. LAI is thus a necessary input for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), regional and global climate modelling, weather forecasting and global change monitoring. Besides, the LAI is relevant for Land Biosphere Applications such us agriculture and forestry, environmental management and land use, hydrology, natural hazards monitoring and management, vegetation-soil dynamics monitoring and drought conditions.

Available Products:

  • MDLAI: daily LAI retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by SEVIRI/MSG (also available as monthly composites); demonstration product available for the Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
  • MTLAI: 10-day composites of MDLAI; demonstration product available for the Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
  • ETLAI: 10-day LAI retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by AVHRR/Metop

 

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:

[product] was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)
http://lsa-saf.eumetsat.int

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199

Product specific citations:

  • MDLAI/MTLAI:

García-Haro, F. J., Camacho, F., Martínez, B., Campos-Taberner, M., Fuster, B., Sánchez-Zapero, J., & Gilabert, M. A. (2019). Climate data records of vegetation variables from geostationary SEVIRI/MSG data: products, algorithms and applications. Remote Sensing, 11(18), 2103. DOI: 10.3390/rs11182103

Available data formats:

  • Geostationary/sinusoidal grid in HDF5
  • Regular grid in NETCDF4

Data Server information:

 

Register here to access the LSA-SAF Data Server

When available, the CDR datasets replace the corresponding NRT data in the Data Server for the overlapping period. The CDR ensures continuos times series since it is produce with the most recent algorithm version. To obtain NRT data for the CDR period plase contact the Help Desk.

  Product Sensor/
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coverage
Spatial
resolution
Temporal
Coverage
Temporal
resolution
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LSASAF_MSG_LAI_MSG-Disk.png

MSG LAI
MDLAI [LSA-423]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o

2016-NRT

daily

Access Here

Data Server

LSASAF_MSG_LAI_MSG-Disk.png

MSG LAI
Data Record

MDLAI

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2004-2015 daily Access Here
LSASAF_MSG-IODC_LAI_IODC-Disk.png

MSG-IODC LAI
MDLAI

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG

 
Europe, Africa,
Middle East
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2017-NRT daily Access Here Data Server
LSASAF_MSG_LAI-D10_MSG-Disk.png

MSG 10-days LAI
MTLAI [LSA-424]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2016-NRT 10-daily Access Here

 

Data Server

LSASAF_MSG_LAI-D10_MSG-Disk.png

MSG 10-days LAI
Data Record

MTLAI [LSA-451]

Data Record  DOI

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2004-2015 10-daily

Access Here

LSASAF_MSG-IODC_LAI-D10_IODC-Disk.png

MSG-IODC
10-days LAI

MTLAI

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
Middle East
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2017-NRT 10-daily Access Here

Data Server

etlai.gif

EPS 10-days LAI
ETLAI [LSA-406]

Operational

AVHRR/
Metop
Global 1 km
0.01ox0.01o
2015-NRT 10-daily

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Fraction of Vegetation Cover (FVC)

Fractional Vegetation Cover (FVC)  defines an important structural property of a plant canopy, which corresponds to the complement to unity of the gap fraction at nadir direction, accounting for the amount of vegetation distributed in a horizontal perspective. FVC is related with the partition between soil and vegetation contribution for emissivity and temperature. This property is necessary for describing land surface processes and surface parameterisation schemes used for climate and weather forecasting. Besides, the FVC is relevant for a wide range of Land Biosphere Applications such us agriculture and forestry, environmental management and land use, hydrology, natural hazards monitoring and management, vegetation-soil dynamics monitoring, drought conditions and fire scar extent.

Available Products:

  • MDFVC: daily FVC retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by SEVIRI/MSG (also available as monthly composites); demonstration product available for the Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
  • MTFVC: 10-day composites of MDFVC; demonstration product available for the Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
  • ETFVC: 10-day FVC retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by AVHRR/Metop

 

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:

[product] was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)
http://lsa-saf.eumetsat.int

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199

Product specific citations:

  • MDFVC/MTFVC:

García-Haro, F. J., Camacho, F., Martínez, B., Campos-Taberner, M., Fuster, B., Sánchez-Zapero, J., & Gilabert, M. A. (2019). Climate data records of vegetation variables from geostationary SEVIRI/MSG data: products, algorithms and applications. Remote Sensing, 11(18), 2103. DOI: 10.3390/rs11182103

Available data formats:

  • Geostationary/sinusoidal grid in HDF5
  • Regular grid in NETCDF4

Data Server information:

 

Register here to access the LSA-SAF Data Server

When available, the CDR datasets replace the corresponding NRT data in the Data Server for the overlapping period. The CDR ensures continuos times series since it is produce with the most recent algorithm version. To obtain NRT data for the CDR period plase contact the Help Desk.

  Product Sensor/
Platform
Spatial
coverage
Spatial
resolution
Temporal
Coverage
Temporal
resolution
Documentation Data access
LSASAF_MSG_FVC_MSG-Disk.png

MSG FVC
MDFVC [LSA-421]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o

2016-NRT

daily

Access Here

Data Server

LSASAF_MSG_FVC_MSG-Disk.png

MSG FVC
Data Record

MDFVC

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2004-2015 daily Access Here
LSASAF_MSG-IODC_FVC_IODC-Disk.png

MSG-IODC FVC
MDFVC

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG

 
Europe, Africa,
Middle East
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2017-NRT daily Access Here Data Server
LSASAF_MSG_FVC-D10_MSG-Disk.png

MSG 10-days FVC
MTFVC [LSA-422]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2016-NRT 10-daily Access Here

Data Server

 

LSASAF_MSG_FVC-D10_MSG-Disk.png

MSG 10-days FVC
Data Record

MTFVC [LSA-422]

Data Record  DOI

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2004-2015 10-daily

Access Here

LSASAF_MSG-IODC_FVC-D10_IODC-Disk.png

MSG-IODC
10-days FVC

MTFVC

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
Middle East
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2017-NRT 10-daily Access Here

Data Server

etfvc.gif

EPS 10-days FVC
ETFVC [LSA-403]

Operational

AVHRR/
Metop
Global 1 km
0.01ox0.01o
2015-NRT 10-daily

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Fraction of Absorved Photosynthetic Active Radiation (FAPAR)

Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR)  defines the fraction of PAR (400-700 nm) absorbed by the green parts of the canopy, and thus expresses the canopy's energy absorption capacity. FAPAR depends both on canopy structure, leaf and soil optical properties and irradiance conditions. FAPAR has been recognized as one of the fundamental terrestrial state variables in the context of the global change sciences. It is a key variable in models assessing vegetation primary productivity and, more generally, in carbon cycle models implementing up-to-date land surfaces process schemes. Besides, FAPAR it is an indicator of the health of vegetation. FAPAR is generally well correlated with the LAI, the more for healthy fully developed vegetation canopies.

Available Products:

  • MDFAPAR: daily FAPAR retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by SEVIRI/MSG (also available as monthly composites); demonstration product available for the Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
  • MTFAPAR: 10-day composites of MDFAPAR; demonstration product available for the Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
  • ETFAPAR: 10-day FAPAR retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by AVHRR/Metop

 

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:

[product] was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)
http://lsa-saf.eumetsat.int

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199

Product specific citations:

  • MDFAPAR/MTFAPAR:

García-Haro, F. J., Camacho, F., Martínez, B., Campos-Taberner, M., Fuster, B., Sánchez-Zapero, J., & Gilabert, M. A. (2019). Climate data records of vegetation variables from geostationary SEVIRI/MSG data: products, algorithms and applications. Remote Sensing, 11(18), 2103. DOI: 10.3390/rs11182103

Available data formats:

  • Geostationary/sinusoidal grid in HDF5
  • Regular grid in NETCDF4

Data Server information:

 

Register here to access the LSA-SAF Data Server

When available, the CDR datasets replace the corresponding NRT data in the Data Server for the overlapping period. The CDR ensures continuos times series since it is produce with the most recent algorithm version. To obtain NRT data for the CDR period plase contact the Help Desk.

  Product Sensor/
Platform
Spatial
coverage
Spatial
resolution
Temporal
Coverage
Temporal
resolution
Documentation Data access
LSASAF_MSG_FAPAR_MSG-Disk.png

MSG FAPAR
MDFAPAR [LSA-425]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o

2016-NRT

daily

Access Here

Data Server

LSASAF_MSG_FAPAR_MSG-Disk.png

MSG FAPAR
Data Record

MDFAPAR

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2004-2015 daily Access Here
LSASAF_MSG-IODC_FAPAR_IODC-Disk.png

MSG-IODC
FAPAR

MDFAPAR

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG

 
Europe, Africa,
Middle East
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2017-NRT daily Access Here Data Server
LSASAF_MSG_FAPAR-D10_MSG-Disk.png

MSG 10-days
FAPAR

MTFAPAR [LSA-426]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2016-NRT 10-daily Access Here

Data Server

 

LSASAF_MSG_FAPAR-D10_MSG-Disk.png

MSG 10-days FAPAR
Data Record

MTFAPAR [LSA-452]

Data Record  DOI

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2004-2015 10-daily

Access Here

LSASAF_MSG-IODC_FAPAR-D10_IODC-Disk.png

MSG-IODC
10-days FAPAR

MTFAPAR

Demonstration

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
Middle East
3 km
0.05ox0.05o
2017-NRT 10-daily Access Here

Data Server

etfapar.gif

EPS 10-days FAPAR
ETFAPAR [LSA-409]

Operational

AVHRR/
Metop
Global 1 km
0.01ox0.01o
2015-NRT 10-daily

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Gross Primary Production (GPP)

 

The gross primary production (GPP) , i.e. the rate at which vegetation converts light into chemical energy by photosynthesis, is an essential parameter to characterize the ecosystem processes. The assessment of GPP on wide areas, which is necessary to study the global carbon cycle and for planning and managing resources in response to changing environmental conditions, can be performed using procedures driven by remote sensing data.

 

Available Products:

  • MGPP: 10-daily GPP retrieval from clear-sky observations performed by SEVIRI/MSG

 

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:

[product] was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)
http://lsa-saf.eumetsat.int

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199

Product specific citations:

  • MGPP:

Martínez, B.; S. Sanchez-Ruiz; M.A. Gilabert; A. Moreno; M. Campos-Taberner; F.J. García-Haro; I.F. Trigo; M. Aurela; C. Brümmer; A. Carrara; A. De Ligne; D. Gianelle; T. Grünwald; J.M. Limousin; A. Lohila; I. Mammarella; M. Sottocornola; Steinbrecher, R.; Tagesson, T. (2018). Retrieval of daily gross primary production over Europe and Africa from an ensemble of SEVIRI/MSG products. International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation, 65, 124-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2017.10.011.

Available data formats:

  • Geostationary/sinusoidal grid in HDF5
  • Regular grid in NETCDF4

Data Server information:

Register here to access the LSA-SAF Data Server

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Spatial
coverage
Spatial
resolution
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Coverage
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LSASAF_MSG_MDGPP_MSG-Disk.png

MSG GPP
MGPP [LSA-411]

Operational

SEVIRI/
MSG
Europe, Africa,
South America
3 km
0.05ox0.05o

2018-NRT

10-daily

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Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)

 

The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a dimensionless index that describes the difference between visible and near-infrared reflectance of vegetation cover. NDVI is useful in understanding vegetation density and assessing changes in plant health.

 

Available Products:

  • ENDVI10: 10-daily NDVI composite from clear-sky observations performed by AVHRR/Metop

 

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:

[product] was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)
http://lsa-saf.eumetsat.int

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199

Available data formats:

  • Regular grid in ENVI/HDF5

Data Server information:

Register here to access the LSA-SAF Data Server

  Product Sensor/
Platform
Spatial
coverage
Spatial
resolution
Temporal
Coverage
Temporal
resolution
Documentation Data access
endvi_Thumbnail.jpg

EPS NDVI v2
ENDVI10 [LSA-420]

Operational

AVHRR/
Metop
Global 0.01ox0.01o

2020-NRT

10-daily

Access Here

Data Server

endvi_Thumbnail.jpg

EPS NDVI v2
Data Record

ENDVI10 [LSA-454]

Data Record

AVHRR/
Metop
Global 0.01ox0.01o 2007-2019 10-daily

 

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