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LBA-ECO LC-22 Vegetation Cover Types from MODIS, 500-m, South America: 2000-2001

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Data setLBA-ECO LC-22 Vegetation Cover Types from MODIS, 500-m, South America: 2000-2001
Release date2012-09-14
ProjectLarge Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere
Time Period2000-11-01 to 2001-11-30


This data set contains proportional estimates for the vegetative cover types of tree cover, herbaceous vegetation, and bare ground over South America for the period 2000-2001. These products were derived from all seven bands of the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA's Terra satellite. A set of 500-m MOD09A1 Surface Reflectance 8-day minimum blue reflectance composites were used as input data. To reduce the presence of cloud shadows, The data were converted to 40-day composites using a second darkest albedo (sum of blue, green, and red bands), and the Vegetation Continuous Fields (VCF) algorithmn was utilized (Hansen et al., 2002). The VCF shows how much of a land cover such as forest or grassland exists anywhere on the land surface. The VCF product may depict areas of heterogeneous land cover better than traditional discrete classification schemes which shows where land cover types are concentrated. There are three images provided in GeoTIFF format.


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Hansen, M., R. DeFries, J.R. Townshend, M. Carroll, C. Dimiceli and R. Sohlberg. 2012. LBA-ECO LC-22 Vegetation Cover Types from MODIS, 500-m, South America: 2000-2001. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.
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Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere : The Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) is an intensive scientific investigation of the tropical rainforest of Brazil and portions of adjacent countries. Like FIFE and BOREAS, this project uses intensive remote-sensing techniques and ground-based experiments to investigate the atmosphere-biosphere-hydrosphere dynamics of this large tropical region. The LBA Project encompasses several scientific disciplines, or components. The LBA-ECO component focuses on the question: "How do tropical forest conversion, regrowth, and selective logging influence carbon storage, nutrient dynamics, trace gas fluxes, and the prospect for sustainable land use in Amazonia?"

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
Goodes_SA_2001_herbaceous.tif 181.0 MB 2000-11-01 - 2001-11-30
Goodes_SA_2001_Bare.tif 181.0 MB 2000-11-01 - 2001-11-30
Goodes_SA_2001_Tree.tif 181.0 MB 2000-11-01 - 2001-11-30