Journal Highlights

Scientists Probe Water Inside Leaves via Satellite

Research Spotlight—

Improving satellite-based studies of vegetation optical depth, a critical ecosystem indicator.

Sensors on board satellites are able to detect a host of environmental metrics, from Arctic sea ice melt to the reproductive patterns of mule deer to logging and land clearing. One satellite-based measurement, called vegetation optical depth, is often used to track how plant life is responding to changes in climate....more

-- Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer,