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

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Data setSAFARI 2000 Land Cover from AVHRR, 1-Deg, 1987 (Defries and Townshend)
Release date2002-02-15
ProjectSAFARI 2000 (S2K)
Time Period1987-01-01


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.


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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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SAFARI 2000 (S2K): The SAFARI 2000 project was an international science initiative to study the linkages between land and atmosphere processes in the southern African region. In addition, SAFARI 2000 examined the relationship of biogenic, pyrogenic, and anthropogenic emissions and the consequences of their deposition to the functioning of the biogeophysical and biogeochemical systems of southern Africa. This initiative, which was conducted in 1999-2001, was built around a number of ongoing, already-funded activities by NASA, the international community, and African nations in the southern African region.

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

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