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Update Frequency: Not Planned
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-02-14
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This CD-ROM set contains the Volume 1 vegetation data collection. The data covers a 24 month period, 1987-1988, and all but one are mapped to a common spatial resolution and grid (1 degree x 1 degree). Temporal resolution for most datasets is monthly; however, a few are at a finer resolution (e.g., 6-hourly).
This dataset contains data covering:
* Background (soil/litter layer) reflectances
* Fraction of Photosynthetically Active radiation absorbed by the green vegetation canopy (FPAR)
* Fourier-Adjustment, Solar zenith angle corrected, Interpolated Reconstructed (FASIR) normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI)
* Percentage green leaf area of total leaf area
* Total Leaf Area Index (LAI)
* Normalized Difference Vegetation index (NDVI)
* Roughness length (Zo)
* Calculated snow-free albedo
* Global land cover classification from satellite data

Citable as:  GEWEX ISLSCP Project (2007): ISLSCP - I, Volume 1: Vegetation data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: ISLSCP, NASA, vegetation


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Access rules:
Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

CD-ROM was published in 1996, with data obtained over the 24 month period, 1987-1988 by satellite. CEDA-BADC acquired a copy of the CD-ROM and later uploaded its content into the BADC archive for online browsing.

Data Quality:
As per documentation provided including Dataset Status page.
File Format:
Data are plain ASCII formatted

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Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Computation Element: 1

Title ISLSCP -International Satellite Land Surface Climatology regular geo-temporal
Abstract The collection covers four areas : land cover, hydro-meteorology, radiation, and soils, spanning the 24 month period 1987-1988. The irregular data were taken and mapped to a common spatial resolution and grid (1 degree x 1 degree) except for one. Temporal resolution for most datasets is monthly; however, a few are at a finer resolution (e.g., 6-hourly). The data within the four areas are organized into five groups within this collection: vegetation, Hydrology and Soils, Snow, Ice and Oceans, Radiation and Clouds, and Near-Surface Meteorology.
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
Output Description None
  • long_name: Albedo
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Albedo
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Albedo,
  • long_name: Canopy Characteristics
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Canopy Characteristics
  • names:, Canopy Characteristics
  • long_name: Cloud Amount
  • names: Cloud Amount
  • long_name: Cloud Optical Depth
  • names: Cloud Optical Depth
  • long_name: Cloud Top Pressure
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Cloud Top Pressure
  • names: Cloud Top Pressure,
  • long_name: Convective Precipitation
  • names: Convective Precipitation
  • long_name: Discharge
  • names: Discharge
  • long_name: Flow
  • names: Flow
  • long_name: Frequency
  • names: Frequency
  • long_name: Hydropattern
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Hydrosphere > Surface Water > Hydropattern
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Hydrosphere > Surface Water > Hydropattern,
  • long_name: Ice
  • names: Ice
  • long_name: Land Cover
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Land Cover
  • names: Land Cover,
  • long_name: Landforms
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Land Surface > Topography > Landforms
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Land Surface > Topography > Landforms
  • long_name: Leaf Characteristics
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Leaf Characteristics
  • names: Leaf Characteristics,
  • long_name: Net Radiation
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Net Radiation
  • names: Net Radiation,
  • long_name: Photosynthetically Active Radiation
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Photosynthetically Active Radiation
  • names: Photosynthetically Active Radiation,
  • long_name: Precipitation Amount
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Precipitation Amount
  • names: Precipitation Amount,
  • long_name: Reflectance
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Reflectance
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Reflectance,
  • long_name: Rivers
  • names: Rivers
  • long_name: Sea Ice Concentration
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Sea Ice Concentration
  • names: Sea Ice Concentration,
  • long_name: Sea Surface Temperature
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Sea Surface Temperature
  • names: Sea Surface Temperature,
  • long_name: Snow Cover
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Snow Cover
  • names: Snow Cover,
  • long_name: Snow Depth
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Snow Depth
  • names: Snow Depth,
  • long_name: Soil Depth
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Soil Depth
  • names:, Soil Depth
  • long_name: Soil Texture
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Soil Texture
  • names: Soil Texture,
  • long_name: Streams
  • names: Streams
  • long_name: Surface Thermal Radiation
  • names: Surface Thermal Radiation
  • long_name: Thickness
  • names: Thickness
  • long_name: Vegetation Cover
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Vegetation Cover
  • names:, Vegetation Cover

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