Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 177–196, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-177-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 177–196, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-177-2020

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 et al.

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 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2575599

MCD15A2H MODIS/Terra+Aqua Leaf Area Index/FPAR 8-day L4 Global 500 m SIN Grid V006 R. Myneni, Y. Knyazikhin, and T. Park https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MOD15A2H.006

Vegetation Continuous Fields (VCF) Yearly Global 0.05 Deg M. Hansen and X. Song https://doi.org/10.5067/MEaSUREs/VCF/VCF5KYR.001

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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).