Land cover of Tibetan Plateau (2008)

The dataset is the land cover of Tibetan Plateau in 2008. The data format is a TIFF file, spatial resolution is 300 meters, including crop land, grassland, forest land, urban land, and so on. The dataset offers a geographic fundation for studying the interaction between urbanization and ecological reservation of Qing-Tibet Plateau. This land cover data is a product of CCI-LC project conducted by European Space Agency. The coordinate reference system of the dataset is a geographic coordinate system based on the World Geodetic System 84 reference ellipsoid. There are 22 major classes of land covers. The data were generated using multiple satellite data sources, including MERIS FR/RR, AVHRR, SPOT-VGT, PROBA-V. Validation analysis shows the overall accuracy of the dataset is more than 70%, but it varies with locations and land cover types.

File naming and required software

This data is in TIFF format, can be opened in software like ArcGIS and ENVI.

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Du, Y. (2019). Land cover of Tibetan Plateau (2008). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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Support Program

Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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Geographic coverage
East: 104.67 West: 73.50
South: 25.99 North: 39.83
  • Temporal resolution: Yearly
  • Spatial resolution: m
  • File size: 4 MB
  • Views: 1,716
  • Downloads: 44
  • Access: Open Access
  • Temporal coverage: 2008-01-07 To 2008-01-07
  • Updated time: 2021-04-19
: DU Yunyan  

Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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