Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Data description paper
30 Jan 2020
Data description paper |  | 30 Jan 2020

The global long-term microwave Vegetation Optical Depth Climate Archive (VODCA)

Leander Moesinger, Wouter Dorigo, Richard de Jeu, Robin van der Schalie, Tracy Scanlon, Irene Teubner, and Matthias Forkel

Data sets

The Global Long-term Microwave Vegetation Optical Depth Climate Archive VODCA L. Moesinger, W. Dorigo, R. De Jeu, R. Van der Schalie, T. Scanlon, I. Teubner, and M. Forkel

MCD15A2H MODIS/Terra+Aqua Leaf Area Index/FPAR 8-day L4 Global 500 m SIN Grid V006 R. Myneni, Y. Knyazikhin, and T. Park

Vegetation Continuous Fields (VCF) Yearly Global 0.05 Deg M. Hansen and X. Song

Short summary
Vegetation optical depth (VOD) is measured by satellites and is related to the density of vegetation and its water content. VOD has a wide range of uses, including drought, wildfire danger, biomass, and carbon stock monitoring. For the past 30 years there have been various VOD data sets derived from space-borne microwave sensors, but biases between them prohibit a combined use. We removed these biases and merged the data to create the global long-term VOD Climate Archive (VODCA).