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ESA Snow Climate Change Initiative (Snow_cci): Daily global Snow Cover Fraction - viewable (SCFV) from AATSR (dates), version 1.0

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Publication State: Working
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This dataset contains Daily Snow Cover Fraction of viewable snow from AATSR, produced by the Snow project of the ESA Climate Change Initiative programme.

Snow cover fraction viewable (SCFV) indicates the area of snow viewable from space over land surfaces. In forested areas this refers to snow viewable on top of the forest canopy. The SCFV is given in percentage (%) per pixel.

Citable as:  Naegeli, K.; Neuhaus, C.; Salberg, A.-B.; Schwaizer, G.; Wiesmann, A.; Wunderle, S.; Nagler, T. (9999): ESA Snow Climate Change Initiative (Snow_cci): Daily global Snow Cover Fraction - viewable (SCFV) from AATSR (dates), version 1.0. NERC EDS Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: ESA, CCI, Snow, Snow Cover Fraction


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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:

The snow_cci SCFV product based on AVHRR was developed and processed at the University of Bern in the frame of ESA CCI+ Snow project. The AVHRR baseline FCDR was pre-processed using pyGAC and pySTAT in the frame of the ESA CCI Cloud project (Devasthale et al. 2017, Stengel et al. 2020).

The final product is quality checked.

Data Quality:
The unbiased root mean square error per-pixel is added as uncertainty layer in the product. The AVHRR based SCFG product matches the CCI data standards version 2.2, released in May 2020.
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Process overview

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

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Title ESA Snow Climate Change Initiative: Derivation of SCFV AVHRR v1 product.
Abstract The retrieval method of the snow_cci SCFV product from AVHRR data has been further developed and improved based on the ESA GlobSnow approach described by Metsämäki et al. (2015) and complemented with a pre-classification module. All cloud free pixels are then used for the snow extent mapping, using spectral bands centred at about 630 nm and 1.61 µm (channel 3a or the reflective part of channel 3b), and an emissive band centred at about 10.8 µm. The snow_cci snow cover mapping algorithm is a two-step approach: first, a strict pre-classification is applied to identify all cloud free pixels which are certainly snow free. For all remaining pixels, the snow_cci SCFV retrieval method is applied. The following auxiliary data set is used for product generation: ESA CCI Land Cover from 2000; water bodies and permanent snow and ice areas are masked based on this dataset. Both classes were separately aggregated to the pixel spacing of the SCF product. Water areas are masked if more than 50 percent of the pixel is classified as water, permanent snow and ice areas are masked if more than 50 percent are identified as such areas in the aggregated map.
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