Biophysical Parameters

The Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation Long Term Satellite Data Records, are being used to generate a variety of surface biophysical parameters of relevance to many mapping and monitoring applications.

These include Leaf area index (LAI), snow cover, lake ice cover, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), surface albedo, among others. Active research continues on enhancing continuity and performance of LAI and snow cover algorithms with an emphasis on approaches for using advanced sensor to produce information suitable for consistent regional monitoring applications.

These parameters are being further developed in order to assess changes in wildlife habitat, watersheds, permafrost and vegetation across the north in support of cumulative impact monitoring and ecosystem assessment.

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