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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 .

Project References
 Name GlobCarbon
 Title Global Land Products for Carbon Model Assimilation
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Atmosphere
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (10/2002-10/2007)
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
SPOT 4/5 : Vegetation
Project Description

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.

 Results Demonstration Products and Qualification Report
Presentation in ENVISAT Symposium 2007
Product Description Manual
Product Validation Plan
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor VITO : Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP)
 Subcontractors DATAMAT :
GIM : Geographic Information Management n.v.
LaMMA - Toscana : Laboratory for Meteorology and Environmental Modelling (LaMMA)
Univ. Leicester : University of Leicester - Department of Geography
User Partnership
 Users CESBIO : Center for the Study of the Biosphere from Space
CTCD : Center for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics
ESSP - Earth System Science Partnership : Global Carbon Project
IGBP : International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
JRC : Joint Research Center
LSCE : Laboratory of Sciences of the Climate and Environment
Medias-France : Medias-France (GEOLAND)
MPI-Met : Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
PIK : Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
University of Toronto : Department of Geography and Program in Planning
Contact Points
 Project Manager Beert Bortslap
Boeretang 200
B-2400 Mol
Tel: + 32 14 33 68 39
Fax: + 32 14 32 27 95
 Technical Officer Olivier Arino
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80564
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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