Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) dataset of Tibetan Plateau (1982-2015)

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) dataset of Tibetan Plateau (1982-2015)

The data set is based on NDVI 3G calculated by GIMMS AVHRR sensor data, which represents the greenness of vegetation. The source data range is global, and the Qinghai Tibet plateau region is selected in this data set. This data integrates the original semi monthly scale data into the monthly data. The processing method is to take the maximum value of two NDVI of a month to achieve the effect of noise removal as far as possible. This data set is one of the most widely used NDVI data, and is often used to evaluate the temporal and spatial patterns of vegetation greenness, which has practical significance and theoretical value.

File naming and required software

File name: NDVI is stored in TIF format and named as "GIMMS"_ NDVI_ 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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Liu, Y. (2020). Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) dataset of Tibetan Plateau (1982-2015). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, DOI: 10.11888/Geogra.tpdc.271035. CSTR: 18406.11.Geogra.tpdc.271035. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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References literature

1.Tucker, C.J., Pinzon, J.E., Brown, M.E., Slayback, D.A., Pak, E.W., Mahoney, R., Vermote, E.F., Saleous, N. (2005). An extended AVHRR-8km NDVI dataset compatible with MODIS and SPOT vegetation NDVI data. Int. J. Remote Sens. 26, 4485–4498. (View Details )

2.Pinzon, J.E., Tucker, C.J. (2014). A Non-Stationary 1981-2012 AVHRR NDVI3g Time Series. Remote Sens. 6, 6929-6960. (View Details )

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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: 1km - 10km
  • File size: 120 MB
  • Views: 3,224
  • Downloads: 264
  • Access: Requestable
  • Temporal coverage: 1982-01-01 To 2015-12-31
  • Updated time: 2021-07-07
: LIU Yanxu  

Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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