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SAFARI 2000 Land Cover from AVHRR, 1-Deg, 1987 (Defries and Townshend)

Data Set Overview

Data setSAFARI 2000 Land Cover from AVHRR, 1-Deg, 1987 (Defries and Townshend)
Release date2002-02-15
ProjectSouthern African Regional Science Initiative Project (SAFARI 2000)
Time period1987-01-01

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Downloads1072008-03-162017-03-16290 total files downloaded


The UMD 1-degree Global Land Cover product was produced by researchers at the Laboratory for Global Remote Sensing Studies (LGRSS) at UMD. The product is based on Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) maximum monthly composites for 1987 of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) values at approximately 8-km resolution, averaged to one-by-one degree resolution. This coarse-resolution data set was used as the basis for a supervised classification of eleven cover types that broadly represent the major biomes of the world.

Data set documentation


Defries, R.S., and J.R.G. Townshend. 2002. SAFARI 2000 Land Cover from AVHRR, 1-Deg, 1987 (Defries and Townshend). ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
glcf1deg.dat 4.7KB 1987-01-01 - 1987-12-31
glcf1deg.img 2.2KB 1987-01-01 - 1987-12-31

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  • glcf1deg_readme.pdf