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Land cover characterization and land surface parameterization research

February 1, 1997

The understanding of land surface processes and their parameterization in atmospheric, hydrologic, and ecosystem models has been a dominant research theme over the past decade. For example, many studies have demonstrated the key role of land cover characteristics as controlling factors in determining land surface processes, such as the exchange of water, energy, carbon, and trace gases between the land surface and the lower atmosphere. The requirements for multiresolution land cover characteristics data to support coupled-systems modeling have also been well documented, including the need for data on land cover type, land use, and many seasonally variable land cover characteristics, such as albedo, leaf area index, canopy conductance, surface roughness, and net primary productivity. Recently, the developers of land data have worked more closely with the land surface process modelers in these efforts.

Publication Year 1997
Title Land cover characterization and land surface parameterization research
DOI 10.1890/1051-0761(1997)007[0001:LCCALS]2.0.CO;2
Authors Louis T. Steyaert, Thomas R. Loveland, William J. Parton
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ecological Applications
Index ID 70187678
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center