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Volume 15, issue 14 | Copyright
Biogeosciences, 15, 4627-4645, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4627-2018
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Research article 30 Jul 2018

Research article | 30 Jul 2018

An evaluation of SMOS L-band vegetation optical depth (L-VOD) data sets: high sensitivity of L-VOD to above-ground biomass in Africa

Nemesio J. Rodríguez-Fernández et al.
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Existing global scale above-ground biomass (AGB) maps are made at very high spatial resolution collecting data during several years. In this paper we discuss the use of a new data set from the SMOS satellite: the vegetation optical depth estimated from low microwave frequencies. It is shown that this new data set is highly sensitive to AGB. The spacial resolution of SMOS is coarse (40 km) but the new data set can be used to monitor AGB variations with time due to its high revisit frequency.
Existing global scale above-ground biomass (AGB) maps are made at very high spatial resolution...
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