MERIS Biophysical products available in near real time over Europe

The Core Mapping Service BioPar of the geoland2 project announces the availability of a set of biophysical variables derived over Europe from the MERIS Full Resolution data. It includes the leaf area index, the fraction of absorbed PAR (see image in attachment), the content of chlorophyll, the fraction of green vegetation cover, the fraction of brown vegetation cover, the fraction of soil, the canopy shade factor, the fraction of water, and the fraction of snow. These variables are provided as 10-days products, per country, at 300m resolution from March 2011 to the present and the production is continuing with the near-real time generation of new maps every 10 days.

The MERIS biophysical products can be discovered and downloaded freely through the geoland2 web portal following the link http://www.geoland2.eu/core-mapping-services/biopar.html. A Product User Manual and a Validation Reports are also available.

These products are generated by Astrium Services in the framework of the FP7/geoland2 project (http://www.gmes-geoland.info).

R. Lacaze, Geoland2/BioPar Task Manager

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