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Lars Eklundh


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Estimating northern peatland CO2 exchange from MODIS time series data


  • Per Schubert
  • Lars Eklundh
  • Magnus Lund
  • Mats Nilsson

Summary, in English

Studies using satellite sensor-derived data as input to models for CO2 exchange show promising results for closed forest stands. There is a need for extending this approach to other land cover types, in order to carry out large-scale monitoring of CO2 exchange. In this study, three years of eddy covariance data from two peatlands in Sweden were averaged for 16-day composite periods and related to data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and modeled photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD). Noise in the time series of MODIS 250 m vegetation indices was reduced by using double logistic curve fits. Smoothed normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) showed saturation during summertime, and the enhanced vegetation index (EVI) generally gave better results in explaining gross primary productivity (GPP). The strong linear relationships found between GPP and the product of EVI and modeled PPFD (R2 = 0.85 and 0.76) were only slightly stronger than for the product of EVI and MODIS daytime 1 km land surface temperature (LST) (R2 = 0.84 and 0.71). One probable reason for these results is that several controls on GPP were related to both modeled PPFD and daytime LST. Since ecosystem respiration (ER) was largely explained by diurnal LST in exponential relationships (R2 = 0.89 and 0.83), net ecosystem exchange (NEE) was directly related to diurnal LST in combination with the product of EVI and modeled PPFD in multiple exponential regressions (R2 = 0.81 and 0.73). Even though the R2 values were somewhat weaker for NEE, compared to GPP and ER, the RMSE values were much lower than if NEE would have been estimated as the sum of GPP and ER. The overall conclusion of this study is that regression models driven by satellite sensor-derived data and modeled PPFD can be used to estimate CO2 fluxes in peatlands.


  • Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publishing year







Remote Sensing of Environment





Document type

Journal article




  • Physical Geography


  • Ecosystem respiration (ER)
  • Enhanced vegetation index (EVI)
  • Gross primary productivity (GPP)
  • Land surface temperature (LST)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Net ecosystem exchange (NEE)
  • Peatland
  • Photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD)




  • ISSN: 0034-4257