Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 323–332

Spatial and temporal variation of global LAI during 1981–2006


DOI: 10.1007/s11442-010-0323-6

Cite this article as:
Liu, S., Liu, R. & Liu, Y. J. Geogr. Sci. (2010) 20: 323. doi:10.1007/s11442-010-0323-6


Earth is always changing. Knowledge about where changes happened is the first step for us to understand how these changes affect our lives. In this paper, we use a long-term leaf area index data (LAI) to identify where changes happened and where has experienced the strongest change around the globe during 1981-2006. Results show that, over the past 26 years, LAI has generally increased at a rate of 0.0013 per year around the globe. The strongest increasing trend is around 0.0032 per year in the middle and northern high latitudes (north of 30°N). LAI has prominently increased in Europe, Siberia, Indian Peninsula, America and south Canada, South region of Sahara, southwest corner of Australia and Kgalagadi Basin; while noticeably decreased in Southeast Asia, southeastern China, central Africa, central and southern South America and arctic areas in North America.


global change leaf area index spatiotemporal variation hot-spot areas 


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© Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchCASBeijingChina
  2. 2.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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