Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2022, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (10): 1167-1199.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2022.0233

Special Issue: 遥感生态学

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Remote sensing of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and its applications in terrestrial ecosystem monitoring

WU Lin-Sheng, ZHANG Yong-Guang*(), ZHANG Zhao-Ying, ZHANG Xiao-Kang, WU Yun-Fei   

  1. International Institute for Earth System Sciences, School of Geography and Ocean Science, Key Laboratory for Land Satellite Remote Sensing Applications of Ministry of Natural Resources, Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science and Technology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
  • Received:2022-06-06 Accepted:2022-09-05 Online:2022-10-20 Published:2022-09-16
  • Contact: *ZHANG Yong-Guang(
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42125105);National Natural Science Foundation of China(42071388)


Recent advances in solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF), which is a complement to optical remote sensing based on greenness observation, have made it possible to monitor the photosynthesis of plants in terrestrial ecosystems using state-of-the-art technologies. With the rapid development of tower-based, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), airborne and space-borne SIF observation technology and improving understanding of SIF mechanism, SIF is providing essential data support and mechanism understanding for the estimation of biological traits and gross primary production of terrestrial ecosystem, early detection of abiotic stress, extraction of photosynthetic phenology and monitoring of transpiration. In this review, we first introduce the fundamental theory, the observation systems and technologies and the retrieval method of SIF. Then, we review the applications of SIF in terrestrial ecosystem monitoring. Finally, we propose a roadmap of activities to facilitate future directions and discuss critical emerging applications of SIF in terrestrial ecosystem monitoring that can benefit from cross-disciplinary expertise.

Key words: solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF), terrestrial ecosystem, photosynthesis, abiotic stress, phenology, transpiration