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Τerrestrial ecosystems absorb about 60 Gt of C annually through the photosynthetic process [Janzen, 2004], forming the largest flux component of the global carbon cycle. This process is considered to be affected by increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration and climate change [Nemani et al., 2002, 2003]. Terrestrial gross primary productivity (GPP) monitoring is required in order to understand the dynamics of the global carbon cycle, forecast future climate and design management practices of natural resources [Schimel, 2007].

In the above framework, a GIS monitoring system that produces near real-time daily GPP products of the forests of North Pindus National Park in Northwestern Greece has been developed and is presented here. It is a regional scale system, based on high spatial resolution land cover classification and elevation maps, a compact network of installed meteorological stations across the Park, local scale ecophysiological measurements on the dominant forest species and satellite monitoring of vegetation dynamics.

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