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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.

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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).