Although traditional remote sensing systems based on spectral reflectance can already provide estimates of the 'potential' photosynthetic activity of terrestrial vegetation through the quantification of total canopy chlorophyll content or absorbed photosynthetic radiation, the determination of the 'actual' photosynthetic activity of terrestrial vegetation requires information about how the absorbed light is used by plants, such as vegetation fluorescence, using very high spectral resolution spectroscopy in the range 650-800 nm. The Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission, selected in November 2015 as the 8th Earth Explorer by the European Space Agency (ESA), carries the FLORIS spectrometer, with a spectral resolution of 0.3 nm and a spatial resolution of 300 m, with a swath of 150 km. The FLEX mission is designed to fly in tandem with the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, in order to provide all the necessary information to disentangle emitted fluorescence from the background reflected radiance, and to allow proper interpretation of the fluorescence spatial and temporal changes in relation to photosynthesis dynamics, accounting for non-photochemical energy dissipation and canopy temperature effects.
|Series||IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings|
|Conference||37th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2017|
|Period||23/07/17 → 28/07/17|
- imaging spectrocopy
- FLEX earth explorer