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Understanding the biosphere from space: Strategies to exploit remote sensing dataThe quantitative interpretation of satellite observations requires the use of mathematical tools to extract the desired information on terrestrial environments from the radiation data collected in space. A whole range of approaches can be pursued, from the development of models capable of explaining the nature of the physical signal being measured and of characterizing the state of the system under observation, to the empirical correlations between the variables of interest and the space measurements. The premises and implications of these approaches are outlined, paying special attention to the mathematical and numerical requirements. The role and specific applications of empirical bidirectional reflectance models is also discussed, even though these models do not contribute to the understanding of the theory of radiation transfer or to the assessment of the variables of interest. The advantages and drawbacks of these various approaches and the research priorities for the next few years are discussed in the context of the planned availability of new sensors.
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Conference Paper
Verstraete, Michel M. (Joint Research Centre of the European Communities Ispra, Italy)
Pinty, Bernard (Universite Blaise Pascal Aubiere, France)
Myneni, Ranga (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
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Publication: CNES, Proceedings of 6th International Symposium on Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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