Terra MODIS percent tree cover (PTC) data from MOD44B V6.1 over the Orinoco River in Venezuela, South America on March 5, 2008.View full-size image
The MOD44B Version 6.1 Vegetation Continuous Fields (VCF) yearly product is a global representation of surface vegetation cover as gradations of three ground cover components: percent tree cover, percent non-tree cover, and percent non-vegetated (bare). VCF products provide a continuous, quantitative portrayal of land surface cover at 250 meter (m) pixel resolution, with a sub-pixel depiction of percent cover in reference to the three ground cover components. The sub-pixel mixture of ground cover estimates represents a revolutionary approach to the characterization of vegetative land cover that can be used to enhance inputs to environmental modeling and monitoring applications.
The MOD44B data product layers include percent tree cover, percent non-tree cover, percent non-vegetated, cloud cover, and quality indicators. A low-resolution browse image is also included showing percent tree cover. The start date of the annual period for this product begins with day of year (DOY) 65 (March 6 except for leap year which corresponds to March 5).
|File Size||25 MB|
|Temporal Extent||2000-03-05 to Present|
|Geographic Dimensions||1200 km x 1200 km|
|Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers||7|
|Columns/Rows||4800 x 4800|
|Pixel Size||250 m|
|SDS Name||Description||Units||Data Type||Fill Value||No Data Value||Valid Range||Scale Factor|
|Percent_Tree_Cover||Percent of pixel that is tree covered||Percent||8-bit unsigned integer||200=water; 253=fill||N/A||0 to 100||N/A|
|Percent_NonTree_Vegetation||Percent of pixel that is nontree vegetation||Percent||8-bit unsigned integer||200=water; 253=fill||N/A||0 to 100||N/A|
|Percent_NonVegetated||Percent of pixel non vegetated||Percent||8-bit unsigned integer||200=water; 253=fill||N/A||0 to 100||N/A|
|Quality||Quality Control indicators||Bit Field||8-bit unsigned integer||0||N/A||0 to 255||N/A|
|Percent_Tree_Cover_SD||Standard deviation of percent tree covered||Percent||16-bit unsigned integer||0||N/A||0 to 275||0.01|
|Percent_NonVegetated_SD||Standard deviation of percent not vegetated||Percent||16-bit unsigned integer||0||N/A||0 to 275||0.01|
|Cloud||Pixel cloud cover indicators||Bit Field||8-bit unsigned integer||0||N/A||0 to 255||N/A|
|0||DOY 065 to 097||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|1||DOY 113 to 145||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|2||DOY 161 to 193||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|3||DOY 209 to 241||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|4||DOY 257 to 289||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|5||DOY 305 to 337||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|6||DOY 353 to 017||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|7||DOY 033 to 045||0 Clear; 1 Bad|
|0||DOY 065 to 097||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|1||DOY 113 to 145||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|2||DOY 161 to 193||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|3||DOY 209 to 241||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|4||DOY 257 to 289||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|5||DOY 305 to 337||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|6||DOY 353 to 017||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
|7||DOY 033 to 045||0 Clear; 1 Cloudy|
The Quality and Cloud layers are stored in an efficient bit-encoded manner. The unpack_sds_bits executable from the LDOPE Tools is available to the user community to help parse and interpret these layers.
Quality assurance information should be considered when determining the usability of data for a particular science application. The ArcGIS MODIS-VIIRS Python Toolbox contains tools capable of decoding quality data layers while producing thematic quality raster files for each quality attribute.
For complete information about known issues please refer to the MODIS/VIIRS Land Quality Assessment website.