MSG 10-days Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetic Active Radiation (MTfAPAR-R, LSA-452)

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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.


Product Documentation

The characteristics and file format of this released Data Record are the same as its correspondent NRT product. It is documented in the following documents:

Please see Product Peer-Review publications in References.

Here you will find the daily Fraction of Absorved Photosynthetic Active Radiation averaged per month over the 2004-2019 period.

This dataset was derived by joining the FAPAR CDR (MDFAPAR-R) for 2004-2015 and the operational NRT product (MDFAPAR, LSA-425) for 2016-2019.



This NetCDF file contains the average of daily fAPAR for all days of "December" over the 2004-2019 period. The datasets are available on a regular 0.05º grid and the files' format is fully CF-compliant.

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 10-days Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetic Active Radiation (MTfAPAR) for the period 2004-2015. 

This Data Record was obtained with the best version of its equivalent NRT product (MTfAPAR) which can also complement the time series from 2016 onwards.

Gobron, N. et al. (2006). Evaluation of fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation products for different canopy radiation transfer regimes: Methodology and results using Joint Research Center products derived from SeaWiFS against ground-based estimations. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D13110, doi:10.1029/2005JD006511.

Roujean, J.-L. and F.-M. Bréon, (1995). Estimating PAR absorbed by vegetation from Bidirectional Reflectance Measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 51: 375-384.