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 (Steering Committee for GCOS, 2003; Gobron et al., 2006). 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.
The characteristics and file format of this demonstration Data Record are the same as its correspondent NRT product. Thus documented by the common Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD), Product User Manual document (PUM) and Product Output Format document (POF) documents. The validation results for this Data Record are available in the (VR) document.
Please see Product Peer-Review publications in References.
The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:
FAPAR was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)
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
The MSG mission (in operations since 2004) already provides a relatively long time series of VIS and IR observations over the full Earth Disk centred at 0º. The full archive of MSG/SEVIRI data was reprocessed to provide the user comunity a consistent, homogeneous and continuous Data Record of the Daily Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetic Active Radiation (MDfAPAR) for the period 2004-2015.
This Data Record was obtained with the best version of its equivalent NRT product (MDfAPAR) which can also complement the time series from 2016 onwards.