Monitoring global vegetation using moderate-resolution satellites



The international community long has recognized the need to coordinate observations of Earth from space. In 1984, this situation provided the impetus for creating the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), an international mechanism charged with coordinating international civil spaceborne missions designed to observe and study planet Earth. Currently, several international organizations, most prominently the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS),are focusing on the requirements for Earth observation from space to address key science questions and societal benefits related to our terrestrial environment.

The recent CEOS-endorsed Long Term Global Monitoring of Vegetation Variables using Moderate Resolution Satellites Workshop was organized to establish a framework to understand the interrelationships among multiple global vegetation products and identify opportunities for (1) increasing knowledge through combined products, (2) realizing efficiency by avoiding redundancy and (3) developing near- and long-term strategies to avoid gaps in our understanding of critical global vegetation information.