Data assimilation techniques such as the ensemble Kalman filter and the sequential Metropolis-Hastings algorithm provide ameans of integrating satellite data with ecosystemmodels to optimally adjust their temporal trajectory. To some extent thesemethods can compensate for poor model parameterisations but a preferable scenario is to calibrate themodelwell in the first instance. This paper explores how a site specific model calibration can be adapted to a different site using only MODIS reflectance data. Results show that, using reflectance data only, estimates of the net carbon budget of a field site can be extended to a nearby site, but that this best facilitated by re-calibration rather than sequential data assimilation.
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