Earth Observation Magazine
The latest generation of NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites has brought a new dimension to monitoring the living part of the Earth system - the biosphere. EOS data can now measure weekly global productivity of plants and ocean chlorophyll and of related biophysical factors, such as changes to land cover and to the rate of snowmelt. However, the greatest economic impact would be realized by forecasting biosphere conditions. This predictive ability would be an advanced decision-making tool used to mitigate dangers or to exploit positive trends.
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Nemani, R.R., M.A. White, Lars Pierce, Petr Votava, Joseph Coughlan and S.W. Running. 2003. Biospheric monitoring and ecological forecasting, Earth Observation Magazine, 12 (2): 6-8.