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LEAF AREA INDEX

Other Names

LAI

Definition

 Leaf Area Index (LAI) is the ratio of total upper leaf surface of vegetation divided by the surface area of the land on which the vegetation grows. LAI is a dimensionless value, typically ranging from 0 for bare ground to 6 for a dense forest.

 Also see:  http://ldas.gsfc.nasa.gov/nldas/NLDASgreen.php

Applications

  1. Water cycle
  2. Energy cycle
  3. Weather forecast
  4. Climate prediction model

GES DISC Datasets

To access products that have a specific parameter click on the corresponding 'data access' links in the table below.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data
Begin Date End Date Access Doc
 Leaf area index unitless NLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y

Other sources for data

  1. NLDAS

 

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