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Vegetation Index of Western Mexico

24.9N 108.2W

December 30th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Mexico - December 20th, 2009

Mexico - December 20th, 2009

This FAPAR image highlights the great contrast between the high Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation along a narrow coastal strip of western Mexico and the low fraction of the country’s arid interior. In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land ranges from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0).

Here, some agricultural areas on the coastal plains in the bottom right corner appear red, indicating high photosynthetic activity. The rest of the coastal plains and the forested peaks of some mountains further inland are green, indicating good activity. The rest of the land visible here, however, is yellow to white, showing the low photosynthetic activity of the desert regions.

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