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Vegetation Index of Greece and Western Turkey

39.0N 25.0E

December 3rd, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Greece - November 19th, 2009

Greece - November 19th, 2009

This FAPAR image focuses on Greece (left) and western Turkey (right). FAPAR is an abbreviation for Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation, provides information about the amount of vegetation growing in a given area.

In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land runs from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0), while bodies of water,  such as the Aegean Sea (center), generally appear blue.

Few areas of high photosynthetic activity are present in this image, as dark red patches can only be observed scattered along the southern coast of the Peloponnesus, the large peninsula at the southernmost part of mainland Greece. Green areas also indicate productivity, and are spread throughout Greece, although stronger in the south, and along the west coast of Turkey.

Yellow to white areas, on the other hand, indicate a low degree of photosynthetic activity. More yellow areas are visible as one moves northward in Greece and eastward in Turkey.

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