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Vegetation Index of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

January 24th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - January 19th, 2010

Australia - January 19th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation of parts of the Australian states of Queensland (above) and New South Wales (below). Measuring the radiation over land in this manner provides important data on the planet’s vegetation index and climate system.

In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land runs from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0). Here, the land becomes darker green as one moves towards the coast, indicating good photosynthetic activity. Yellow and white areas indicate poor activity and become increasingly widespread as one moves towards the country’s arid interior.

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