New paper: microwave remote sensing of photosynthesis

A new paper investigates the possibility to observe plant photosynthesis with microwave satellites. Irene Teubner, a PhD student within the CLIMERS group, investigated how vegetation optical depth, a vegetation property from passive and active (Radar) microwave satellites, relates to gross primary production, i.e. the uptake of CO2 by plants during photosynthesis. This publication will hopefully open a new field of research in which photosynthesis will be estimated from microwave satellite observations.

Congratulations, Irene!

Teubner, I.E., Forkel, M., Jung, M., Liu, Y.Y., Miralles, D.G., Parinussa, R., van der Schalie, R., Vreugdenhil, M., Schwalm, C.R., Tramontana, G., Camps-Valls, G., Dorigo, W.A. (2018). Assessing the relationship between microwave vegetation optical depth and gross primary production. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 65, 79–91. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2017.10.006
 Nov. 6, 2017