Changing the vegetation cover of the Earth has impacts on the biophysical properties of the surface and ultimately on the local climate. Depending on the specific type of vegetation change and on the background climate, the resulting competing biophysical processes can have a net warming or cooling effect, which can further vary both spatially and seasonally. This dataset provides such estimations of potential local changes of the surface energy balance for multiple vegetation transitions derived from satellite remote sensing products.
- Alessandro Cescatti
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Duveiller, Gregory; Hooker, Josh; Cescatti, Alessandro (2020): Potential biophysical effects of vegetation cover change. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] doi: 10.2905/F97E4216-E81C-4DFB-B42D-D0C19070D029 PID: http://data.europa.eu/89h/f97e4216-e81c-4dfb-b42d-d0c19070d029
This is the original dataset first published in Scientific Data (https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2018.14) and also available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3829333.v1. There is now another version of the data (version 2) where it has been updated to include results with a larger spatial coverage for each variable.
This dataset in an extension to the original dataset (version 1) described in the Scientific Data paper (https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2018.14) in which the spatial coverage has been extended for every variable using a machine learning technique, additionally smoothing out noise in places where the data did exist. The result is stored in separate variable in the NetCDF file with the exact same structure as the original. The original data (non-extended and non-smoothed) is also available in each NetCDF, and as a consequence, this version 2 of the dataset entirely superseeds version 1. The files are also made smaller due to better compression.
- NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, LONDON, ENGLAND
Changing the vegetation cover of the Earth has impacts on the biophysical properties of the surface and ultimately on the local climate. Depending on the specific type of vegetation change and on the background climate, the resulting competing biophysical processes can have a net warming or cooling effect, which can further vary both spatially and seasonally. Due to uncertain climate impacts and the lack of robust observations, biophysical effects are not yet considered in land-based climate policies. Here we present a dataset based on satellite remote sensing observations that provides the potential changes i) of the full surface energy balance, ii) at global scale, and iii) for multiple vegetation transitions, as would now be required for the comprehensive evaluation of land based mitigation plans. We anticipate that this dataset will provide valuable information to benchmark Earth system models, to assess future scenarios of land cover change and to develop the monitoring, reporting and verification guidelines required for the implementation of mitigation plans that account for biophysical land processes
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- Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food, Environment, Science and technology
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