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DOI 10.1109/TGRS.2022.3152272
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Title (Primary) On the potential of Sentinel-2 for estimating gross primary production
Author Pabon-Moreno, D.E.; Migliavacca, M.; Reichstein, M.; Mahecha, M.D.
Source Titel IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Year 2022
Department RS
Volume 60
Page From art. 4409412
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Keywords Vegetation mapping, Machine learning, Indexes, Clouds, Biological system modeling, Remote sensing, Spatial resolution
Abstract Estimating gross primary production (GPP), the gross uptake of CO2 by vegetation, is a fundamental prerequisite for understanding and quantifying the terrestrial carbon cycle. Over the last decade, multiple approaches have been developed to derive spatiotemporal dynamics of GPP combining in situ observations and remote sensing data using machine learning techniques or semiempirical models. However, no high spatial resolution GPP product exists so far that is derived entirely from satellite-based remote sensing data. Sentinel-2 satellites are expected to open new opportunities to analyze ecosystem processes with spectral bands chosen to study vegetation between 10- and 20-m spatial resolutions with five-day revisit frequency. Of particular relevance is the availability of red-edge bands that are suitable for deriving estimates of canopy chlorophyll content that are expected to be much better than any previous global mission. Here, we analyzed whether red-edge-based and near-infrared-based vegetation indices (VIs) or machine learning techniques that consider VIs, all spectral bands, and their nonlinear interactions could predict daily GPP derived from 58 eddy covariance sites. Using linear regressions based on classic VIs, including near-infrared reflectance of vegetation (NIRv), we achieved prediction powers of $R^{2}_{\mathrm{10-fold}} = 0.51$ and an $RMSE_{\mathrm{10-fold}} = 2.95 $ [ $\mu \rm {mol \ CO_{2} m^{-2}s^{-1}}$ ] in a 10-fold cross validation. Chlorophyll index red (CIR) and the novel kernel NDVI (kNVDI) achieved significantly higher prediction powers of around $R^{2}_{\mathrm{10-fold}} \approx 0.61$ and $RMSE_{\mathrm{10-fold}} \approx 2.57$ [ $\mu \rm {mol \ CO_{2} m^{-2}s^{-1}}$ ]. Using all spectral bands and VIs jointly in a machine learning prediction framework allowed us to predict GPP with $R^{2}_{\mathrm{10-fold}} = 0.71$ and $RMSE_{\mathrm{10-fold}} = 2.68$ [ $\mu \rm {mol \ CO_{2} m^{-2}s^{-1}}$ ]. Despite the high-power prediction when machine learning techniques are used, under water-stress scenarios or heat waves, optical information alone is not enough to predict GPP properly. In general, our analyses show the potential of nonlinear combinations of spectral bands and VIs for monitoring GPP across ecosystems at a level of accuracy comparable to previous works, which, however, required additional meteorological drivers.
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Pabon-Moreno, D.E., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M.D. (2022):
On the potential of Sentinel-2 for estimating gross primary production
IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 60 , art. 4409412 10.1109/TGRS.2022.3152272