Seasonal changes in GPP/SIF ratios and their climatic determinants across the Northern Hemisphere.

Academic Article


  • Satellite-derived sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) has been increasingly used for estimating gross primary production (GPP). However, the relationship between SIF and GPP has not been well defined, impeding the translation of satellite observed SIF to GPP. Previous studies have generally assumed a linear relationship between SIF and GPP at daily and longer time scales, but support for this assumption is lacking. Here, we used the GPP/SIF ratio to investigate seasonal variations in the relationship between SIF and GPP over the Northern Hemisphere (NH). Based on multiple SIF products and MODIS and FLUXCOM GPP data, we found strong seasonal hump-shaped patterns for the GPP/SIF ratio over northern latitudes, with higher values in the summer than in the spring or autumn. This hump-shaped GPP/SIF seasonal variation was confirmed by examining different SIF products and was evident for most vegetation types except evergreen broadleaf forests. The seasonal amplitude of the GPP/SIF ratio decreased from the boreal/arctic region to drylands and the tropics. For most of the NH, the lowest GPP/SIF values occurred in October or September, while the maximum GPP/SIF values were evident in June and July. The most pronounced seasonal amplitude of GPP/SIF occurred in intermediate temperature and precipitation ranges. GPP/SIF was positively related to temperature in the early and late parts of the growing season, but not during the peak growing months. These shifting relationships between temperature and GPP/SIF across different months appeared to play a key role in the seasonal dynamics of GPP/SIF. Several mechanisms may explain the patterns we observed, and future research encompassing a broad range of climate and vegetation settings is needed to improve our understanding of the spatial and temporal relationships between SIF and GPP. Nonetheless, the strong seasonal variation in GPP/SIF we identified highlights the importance of incorporating this behavior into SIF-based GPP estimations.
  • Authors

  • Chen, Anping
  • Mao, Jiafu
  • Ricciuto, Daniel
  • Lu, Dan
  • Xiao, Jingfeng
  • Li, Xing
  • Thornton, Peter E
  • Knapp, Alan K
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 2021
  • Published In


  • Chlorophyll
  • Ecosystem
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Fluorescence
  • GPP/SIF ratio
  • Photosynthesis
  • Seasons
  • climate determinant
  • gross primary production (GPP)
  • seasonal amplitude
  • seasonal variation
  • sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF)
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 34185345
  • Start Page

  • 5186
  • End Page

  • 5197
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 20