Articles | Volume 18, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 18, 621–635, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-621-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 621–635, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-621-2021

Research article 27 Jan 2021

Research article | 27 Jan 2021

Retrieval and validation of forest background reflectivity from daily Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) data across European forests

Jan Pisek et al.

Data sets

Dataset of understory reflectance measurements across 40 ICOS Research Infrastructure and other forest ecosystem sites in Europe Jan Pisek https://doi.org/10.17632/m97y3kbvt8.1

MCD43A1 MODIS/Terra+Aqua BRDF/Albedo Model Parameters Daily L3 Global - 500m V006, 2015 C. Schaaf and Z. Wang https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MCD43A1.006

MCD43A2 MODIS/Terra+Aqua BRDF/Albedo Quality Daily L3 Global - 500m V006, 2015 C. Schaaf and Z. Wang https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MCD43A2.006

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Understory vegetation is the most diverse, least understood component of forests worldwide. Understory communities are important drivers of overstory succession and nutrient cycling. Multi-angle remote sensing enables us to describe surface properties by means that are not possible when using mono-angle data. Evaluated over an extensive set of forest ecosystem experimental sites in Europe, our reported method can deliver good retrievals, especially over different forest types with open canopies.
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