Variations in fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation and comparisons with MODIS data in burned black spruce forests of interior Alaska

  • Sites: US-Fcr, US-Rpf
  • Publication Type: JOUR
  • Authors: Iwata, H., Ueyama, M., Iwama, C. and Harazono, Y.

  • Absorption of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) by vegetation was observed in two burned black spruce forests, one and seven years after wildfire, in interior Alaska along with several vegetation properties. This study considered PAR absorption by mosses by examining the relationship between PAR transmittance and fractional coverage of green vegetation. Our results suggest that mosses absorbed a considerable fraction of incoming PAR in the burned forests, which cannot be neglected in evaluating the fraction of absorbed PAR (FPAR). The relationships between FPAR and vegetation indices revealed that enhanced vegetation index (EVI) may be suitable for expressing the spatial and temporal variation of FPAR, regardless of stand age after wildfire. The comparison between the observed in situ FPAR and FPAR derived from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS FPAR) clearly showed that MODIS FPAR was highly overestimated. The most likely reason for the overestimation was identified as misclassification of land cover type. The current regional estimation of photosynthesis in boreal region based on the light-use efficiency approach and MODIS FPAR is probably overestimated, and an accurate distribution of FPAR is desired for clarifying the regional carbon exchange in boreal forests.


  • Journal: Polar Science
  • Funding Agency: —
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  • Volume: 7
  • No: 2
  • Pages: 113-124
  • Publication Year: 2013/03/29
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