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FLEX/Sentinel 3 Tandem Mission
Photosynthesis Study

FLEX Photosyn (ESA)

The Photosynthesis Study targets the linkage between solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis in terrestrial vegetation.
During FLEX operation, it would be desirable to map actual photosynthesis by measuring — from space — fluorescence emission.

The study will develop and implement a photosynthesis model based on state-of-the-art existing modules incorporating chlorophyll fluorescence.
In addition, a simpler prototype algorithm to derive photosynthesis will be developed from the model and/or empirical data.


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Pflanzenwissenschaften (IBG-2) 

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Seven organizations from seven countries are involved in the Photosynthesis Study, necessitating an effective strategy for overall management and coordination of activities. The study has been divided into seven tasks and thirty-four workpackages, summarized here and detailed in the sections below. Fourteen deliverables are scheduled. The findings from the Photosynthesis Study will form the basis of advice and recommendations developed throughout the project, eventually culminating in the final package assembled under Task 7.

The Photosynthesis Study kicked off ("KO") on July 5, 2012. The project is scheduled to conclude ("KO+20") on March 5, 2014.

Website: Projekt Website

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Projekt FLEX/Sentinel 3


 The European Space Agency (ESA)



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