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GlobCarbon

Global Land Products for Carbon Model Assimilation

Development and demonstration of a service for the production of multi-year global Level 3 Land Products derived from ATSR-2, AATSR, MERIS, and VEGETATION instruments data, to be used as input for Carbon Assimilation Models .

GlobCarbon
Global Land Products for Carbon Model Assimilation
DUP (Data User Programme)
Land
€1,000k
Service Demonstration
Completed
SPOT 4/5 : Vegetation
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
ENVISAT : MERIS
ENVISAT : AATSR

GlobCarbon developed a service for the generation of fully calibrated estimates of land products, quasi-independent of the original Earth Observation source. Data coming from ESA Earth Observation satellites and other sensors have been synergistically utilised in the production.

The service focused on the development of a system able to generate global estimates of the following information:

  • Fire – location, timing, area affected
  • fAPAR and LAI
  • Vegetation growth cycle – timing, duration, spatial and temporal variability

The system focused initially on six complete years, from 1998 to 2003 and was expanded to provide a complete 10-year set of land products from 1998 to 2007. The main data sources are ATSR-2 (ERS-2), AATSR and MERIS (ENVISAT) and VEGETATION (SPOT), which have been used synergistically. The objective was to develop a flexible service that is not dependent on any single satellite system. Therefore data from other sensor systems can be also introduced and the processing system can be retrospectively applied to existing archives and used with future satellite systems as well.

The project was implemented by a large consortium led by VITO, with the partnership of many organisations and research centres: JRC, CESBIO, CTCD, IGBP and others.

Presentation in ENVISAT Symposium 2007
Demonstration Products and Qualification Report
Product Description Manual
Product Validation Plan
Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP)
GIM
DATAMAT
TRASYS
LaMMA - Toscana
Univ. Leicester
University of Toronto
PIK
MPI-Met
Medias-France
LSCE
JRC
IGBP
CTCD
CESBIO
ESSP - Earth System Science Partnership : Global Carbon Project
Beert Bortslap
VITO TAP
Boeretang 200
B-2400 Mol
BELGIUM
Tel: + 32 14 33 68 39
Fax: + 32 14 32 27 95
Email: geert.borstlap@vito.be
Olivier Arino
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80564
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: olivier.arino@esa.int