Table 2: Some of previous ground-based estimates of leaf area index in arid and semiarid zones.

Country/regionBiomeLAIReference

USA/ArizonaDesert/shrubland0.93 ± 0.45Whittaker and Niering [27]
USA/New MexicoGrassland0.75 ± 0.1Asner et al. [29]
Shrubland1.58 ± 0.3

Senegal/SahelGrassland0.15 – 2.5Fensholt et al. [19]

AustraliaShrubland0.36 ± 0.07Hill et al. [30]
Grassland0.50 ± 0.2
Woodland1.89 ± 0.64

KazakhstanGrassland0.22–0.90Propastin and Kappas [26]
Shrubland0.10–0.70

WorldwideGrassland0.29–5.47Scurlock et al. [25]
Shrubland0.4–4.5
Cropland0.2–8.7