Incorporating landscape heterogeneity in land surface albedo models

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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that substantial errors in the representation of vegetation-atmosphere interactions can arise from the assumption of landscape homogeneity. Even when weighted averages are employed as a first attempt to consider landscape heterogeneity, the underlying assumption of homogeneity of the vegetation patches can lean to significant errors. To demonstrate an example of how this can occur, vegetation canopy albedo derived from weighted averages is compared to that computed with explicit consideration of canopy heterogeneity. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5037-5043
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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