Incident Photosynthetic Active Radiation

  • Shunlin LiangEmail author
  • Xiaotong Zhang
  • Zhiqiang Xiao
  • Jie Cheng
  • Qiang Liu
  • Xiang Zhao
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)


Solar energy in the 400–700 nm spectral range, the so-called photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), plays an important role in photosynthesis, which controls the exchange of water vapor and carbon dioxide between vegetation and the atmosphere. This chapter introduces the GLASS PAR product, covering the algorithm and its validation and analysis. In the first section, a brief introduction will be given. The satellite data used by the GLASS PAR product and detailed algorithm information will be introduced in Sect. 6.2. Quality control and evaluation of the GLASS PAR product using ground measurements will be presented in Sect. 6.3. Preliminary analysis and applications of the GLASS PAR product are shown in Sect. 6.4. A short summary will be given at the end of this chapter.


PAR Photosynthetically active radiation Remote sensing MODIS MSG MTSAT GOES 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shunlin Liang
    • 2
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiaotong Zhang
    • 2
  • Zhiqiang Xiao
    • 3
  • Jie Cheng
    • 2
  • Qiang Liu
    • 2
  • Xiang Zhao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geographical SciencesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science and College of Global Change and Earth System ScienceBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science School of GeographyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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