MCD12C1 v006

MODIS/Terra+Aqua Land Cover Type CMG Yearly L3 Global 0.05 Deg


PI: Damien Sulla-Menashe and Mark Friedl

Description

The Terra and Aqua combined Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Land Cover Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) (MCD12C1) Version 6 data product provides a spatially aggregated and reprojected version of the tiled MCD12Q1 Version 6 data product. Maps of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), University of Maryland (UMD), and Leaf Area Index (LAI) classification schemes are provided at yearly intervals at 0.05 degree (5,600 meter) spatial resolution for the entire globe from 2001 to 2018. Additionally, sub-pixel proportions of each land cover class in each 0.05 degree pixel is provided along with the aggregated quality assessment information for each of the three land classification schemes.

Provided in each MCD12C1 Version 6 Hierarchical Data Format 4 (HDF4) file are layers for Majority Land Cover Type 1-3, Majority Land Cover Type 1-3 Assessment, and Majority Land Cover Type 1-3 Percent.

Characteristics

Improvements/Changes from Previous Versions

  • Updated to include the improvements and changes made for the MCD12Q1 Version 6 data product.
  • Version 6 does not include a Majority Land Cover Type Quality Control (QC) Layer.
  • Land_Cover_Type_Percent_1, Land_Cover_Type_Percent_2, Land_Cover_Type_Percent_3 layers have up to 17 dimensions and include the sub-pixel proportions of the IGBP, UMD, and LAI classes in each 0.05 degree pixel.
  • The IGBP classification scheme legend used differs from the legend used for the MCD12Q1 Version 6 data product and can be found on page 16 of the User Guide.
  • The data product should not be used to determine post-classification land cover change between years due to the uncertainty in the land cover labels for any one year. More information can be found on page 2 of the User Guide.

Product Maturity

Validation at stage 2 has been achieved for MODIS land cover products.

Collection and Granule

Collection

Characteristic Description
CollectionCombined MODIS
DOI10.5067/MODIS/MCD12C1.006
File Size~1.2 GB
Temporal ResolutionYearly
Temporal Extent2001-01-01 to 2018-12-31
Spatial ExtentGlobal
Coordinate SystemGeographic Latitude and Longitude
DatumN/A
File FormatHDF-EOS
Geographic DimensionsGlobal

Granule

Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers9
Columns/Rows7200 x 3600
Pixel Size5600 m

Layers

SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor
Majority_Land_Cover_Type_1 Most likely IGBP class for each 0.05 degree pixel Class 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 16 N/A
Majority_Land_Cover_Type_1_Assessment Majority IGBP class confidence Percent 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 100 N/A
Land_Cover_Type_1_Percent¹ Percent cover of each IGBP class at each pixel Percent 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 100 N/A
Majority_Land_Cover_Type_2 Most likely UMD class for each 0.05 degree pixel Class 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 15 N/A
Majority_Land_Cover_Type_2_Assessment Majority UMD class confidence (filled with land/water mask) Percent 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 100 N/A
Land_Cover_Type_2_Percent² Percent cover of each UMD class at each pixel Percent 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 100 N/A
Majority_Land_Cover_Type_3 Most likely LAI class for each 0.05 degree pixel Class 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 10 N/A
Majority_Land_Cover_Type_3_Assessment Majority LAI class confidence (filled with land/water mask) Percent 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 100 N/A
Land_Cover_Type_3_Percent³ Percent cover of each LAI class at each pixel Percent 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 100 N/A

¹ Multi-dimensional layer with 17 sub-layers ² Multi-dimensional layer with 16 sub-layers ³ Multi-dimensional layer with 11 sub-layers

Product Quality

Quality information is provided on page 15 of the User Guide

Known Issues

Known issues are described on pages 3 and 4 of the User Guide.

Documentation

Using the Data

Tools

Citation

DOI: 10.5067/MODIS/MCD12C1.006

About the Image

Global view of Majority Land Cover Type IGBP, 2016.