The Global LAI project is still in its start-up phase. We presented first results from the project at the ATBC in Cairns, 2014. The presentation can be downloaded here: Pfeifer et al. 2014. We presented on mapping ecosystem functions in tropical landscapes at the Tropical Ecology Meeting in Goettingen, 2016. We also presented at the GFBI conference in Beijing, September 2017. The presentation can be found here: 2017_Beijing_GFBI

Protocols and templates for us in the field:

Protocol for sampling including setting the context. Pfeifer_2015_Protocol_LAI_Measurements_V3.0

Field recording sheet: here it is


  1. Pfeifer M, Gonsamo A, Disney M, Pellikka P & Marchant R. 2012. Leaf area index for biomes of the Eastern Arc Mountains: Landsat and SPOT observations along precipitation and altitude gradients. Remote Sens Environ 118: 103 – 115. Link
  2. Pfeifer M, Disney M, Quaife T & Marchant R. 2011. Terrestrial Ecosystems from space: a review of earth observation products for macroecology applications. Global Ecol Biogeogr 21: 603 – 624. Link
  3. Pfeifer M, Lefebvre V, Gonsamo A, Pellikka P, Marchant R, Denu D & Platts PJ. 2014. Validating and linking the GIMMS leaf area index (LAI3g) with environmental controls in East Africa. Remote Sens. 6: 173 – 1990. Download
  4. Hardwick S, Toumi R, Pfeifer M, et al. 2015. The relationship between leaf area index and forest microclimate. Agr For Meteor 201: 187 – 195. Link
  5. Pfeifer M, Kor L, Nilus R, Turner E, Cusack J, Lysenko I, Khoo M, Chey VK, Chung AC, Ewers RM. 2016. Mapping the structure of Borneo’s tropical forests across a degradation gradient. Remote Sens Environ 176: 84-97. Link
  6. Shirima D, Pfeifer M, Platts PJ, Totland O & Moe Stein R (2015) Interactions between Canopy Structure and Herbaceous Biomass along Environmental Gradients in Moist Forest and Dry Miombo Woodland of Tanzania. PLOS One 10. Link



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