ALANIS: a joint ESA–iLEAPS atmosphere–land interaction study over boreal Eurasia

Marconcini, Mattia; Fernàndez–Prieto, Diego; Simon, Pinnock; Hayman, Garry; Helbert, Jérôme; de Leeuw, Gerrit. 2010 ALANIS: a joint ESA–iLEAPS atmosphere–land interaction study over boreal Eurasia. iLEAPS Newsletter, 10. 28-33.

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Determining the role of the Eurasian boreal region is essential in understanding the global Earth system as it represents the largest terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. The size and remoteness of boreal Eurasia, however, pose a challenge to quantification of both terrestrial ecosystem processes and their feedbacks to regional and global climate. In the last few years, Earth Observation (EO) data have demonstrated the potential to become a major tool for estimating key variables and characterizing main processes governing the land-atmosphere interface over the extremely wide and often unreachable northern areas of boreal Eurasia. The European space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with iLEAPS has launched the ALANIS project (Atmosphere-LANd Interaction Study) to advance towards the development and validation of novel EO-based multi-mission products and their integration into suitable land-atmosphere coupled models. One of the three ALANIS projects (ALANIS – methane), led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, aims to reduce current uncertainties in methane emissions from boreal wetlands through the synergic use of land and atmosphere EO-based products characterising boreal lake and wetland dynamics as well as atmospheric methane concentrations in coupled land-atmosphere models. This article presents an overview of the ALANIS initiative and the three projects.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 1 - Monitoring and Interpretation of Biogeochemical and Climate Changes
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 2 - Biogeochemistry and Climate System Processes
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Harding (to July 2011)
ISSN: 1796-0363
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NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Earth Sciences
Date made live: 16 Dec 2010 16:14 +0 (UTC)

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