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The USGS Land Cover Institute (LCI)

0.5 km MODIS-based Global Land Cover Climatology

Description: These data describe land cover type, and are based on 10 years (2001-2010) of Collection 5.1 MCD12Q1 land cover type data. The map is generated by choosing, for each pixel, the land cover classification with the highest overall confidence from 2001-2010, as described in Broxton et al., 2014. As such, they are reflective of the training data for the MDC12Q1 data. Near the edges of the map (generally within 0.05 degrees of 180 degrees longitude, and over parts of Antarctica-mostly south of -85 degrees latitude), we have also manually filled obvious spurious edge effects with nearby land cover types. The data has been re-gridded from the MODIS sinusoidal grid to a regular latitude-longitude grid, and the map has 43200x86400 pixels (corresponding to a resolution of 15 arc seconds).


Global Climatology
0 Water
1 Evergreen Needle leaf Forest
2 Evergreen Broadleaf Forest
3 Deciduous Needle leaf Forest
4 Deciduous Broadleaf Forest
5 Mixed Forests
6 Closed Shrublands
7 Open Shrublands
8 Woody Savannas
9 Savannas
10 Grasslands
11 Permanent Wetland
12 Croplands
13 Urban and Built-Up
14 Cropland/Natural Vegetation Mosaic
15 Snow and Ice
16 Barren or Sparsely Vegetated

Download 0.5 km MODIS-based Global Land Cover Climatology

Format: The data are provided in GeoTIFF format (as 8-bit unsigned integers), and compressed (which reduces the file size from 3.5 gb to 86 mb).

Preferred Citation: Broxton, P.D., Zeng, X., Sulla-Menashe, D., Troch, P.A., 2014a: A Global Land Cover Climatology Using MODIS Data. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, 15931605. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0270.1

Contact: Patrick Broxton (broxtopd@email.arizona.edu)

Other available datasets from the University of Arizona:

  • Access 1 km MODIS-based Maximum Green Vegetation Fraction from the University of Arizona.