Global vegetation biomass change (1988–2008) and attribution to environmental and human drivers

by Liu YY, Van Dijk AIJM, McCabe MF, Evans JP, De Jeu RAM
Year: 2013


Liu YY, van Dijk AIJM, McCabe MF, Evans JP and de Jeu RAM (2013)
Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22(6), 692-705


​Vegetation optical depth (VOD) is an indicator of the water content of both woody and leaf components in terrestrial aboveground vegetation biomass that can be derived from passive microwave remote sensing. VOD is distinct from optical vegetation remote sensing data such as the normalized difference vegetation index in that it is: (a) less prone to saturation in dense canopies; (b) sensitive to both photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic biomass; and (c) less affected by atmospheric conditions. Our primary objective was to analyse a recently developed long-term VOD record and investigate how the vegetation water content of various land-cover types responded to environmental changes and human influences from 1988 to 2008.


Crop production Deforestation Fire Long-term change Passive microwave Precipitation Vegetation optical depth