Seasonal dynamics of the boreal region from space: connecting forest albedo to structure and productivity throughout the phenological cycle

Project Details


Vegetation cover and land-use changes alter the surface albedo, or the extent to which incoming solar radiation is reflected back to the atmosphere and outer space. Even though land surface albedo is a critical variable affecting our climate, it is still among the main uncertainties of the radiation budget in current climate modelling. The BOREALITY project will produce pioneering results on how natural and anthropogenic changes in Eurasian and North American forests influence the seasonal courses of spectral and broadband albedos. The project will connect long time series of satellite-based albedo to phenological cycles and productivity of boreal vegetation.
Effective start/end date01/09/201531/12/2019

Collaborative partners

  • Aalto University (lead)
  • SA: Research funding (other) (Project partner)
  • Suomen Akatemia (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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