The extensive mapping of vegetation and its condition form key elements of programmes aimed at the development of national and international food policies. Whilst ongoing research studies the more detailed biophysical processes.
Plant power from above
03 February 2015
Field experiments have shown how ESA's potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.
The Fluorescence Explorer, or FLEX for short, is one of the two missions vying to be selected as ESA's eighth Earth Explorer. It aims to provide global maps of vegetation fluorescence that can reflect photosynthetic activity and plant health and stress.
In turn, this is not only important for a better understanding of the global carbon cycle, but also for agricultural management and food security.
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