Vegetation optical depth (VOD) dataset in Tibetan Plateau (1993-2012)

The data set is based on a series of microwave remote sensing data, including Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I), Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for Earth Observation System (AMSR-E), etc., which can be used as a reference for primary productivity. The data is from Liu et al. (2015), and the specific calculation method is shown in the article. The source data range is global, and Tibetan Plateau region is selected in this data set. This data set is often used to evaluate the temporal and spatial patterns of vegetation greenness and primary productivity, which has practical significance and theoretical value.

Data file naming and use method

File name: VOD is stored in TIF format and named as "VOD"_ yyyy_ mm.tif ”Where yyyy is the year and MM is the month.
Data reading mode: can be directly opened with ArcGIS, MATLAB, or other software that can read TIF files.

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Vegetation optical depth (VOD) dataset in Tibetan Plateau (1993-2012). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2020. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Liu, Y.Y., van Dijk, A. I. J. M., de Jeu, R.A.M., Canadell, J.G., McCabe, M.F., Evans, J.P., & Wang, G. (2015). Recent reversal in loss of global terrestrial biomass. Nature Climate Change, 5(5), 470–474. doi:10.1038/nclimate2581( View Details | Bibtex)

Using this data, the data citation is required to be referenced and the related literatures are suggested to be cited.

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The second comprehensive scientific investigation of Tibetan Plateau (No:2019QZKK0405)

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Geographic coverage
East: 104.67 West: 73.45
South: 25.99 North: 39.83
  • Temporal resolution: Monthly
  • Spatial resolution: 10km - 100km
  • File size: 9 MB
  • Browse count: 353 Times
  • Apply count: 4 Times
  • Share mode: offline
  • Temporal coverage: 1993-01-01 To 2012-12-31
  • Updated time: 2020-12-15
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