Developing land surface type map with biome classification scheme using Suomi NPP/JPSS VIIRS data

Rui Zhang, Chengquan Huang, Xiwu Zhan, Huiran Jin

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Accurate representation of actual terrestrial surface types at regional to global scales is an important element for a wide range of applications, such as land surface parameterization, modeling of biogeochemical cycles, and carbon cycle studies. In this study, in order to meet the requirement of the retrieval of global leaf area index (LAI) and fraction of photosynthetically active radiation absorbed by the vegetation (fPAR) and other studies, a global map generated from Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) surface reflectance data in six major biome classes based on their canopy structures, which include: Grass/Cereal Crops, Shrubs, Broadleaf Crops, Savannas, Broadleaf Forests, and Needleleaf Forests, was created. The primary biome classes were converted from an International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) legend global surface type data that was created in previous study, and the separation of two crop types are based on a secondary classification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Living Planet Symposium 2016
EditorsL. Ouwehand
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
ISBN (Electronic)9789292213053
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventLiving Planet Symposium 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: May 9 2016May 13 2016

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


OtherLiving Planet Symposium 2016
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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