VNP13C1 v001

VIIRS/NPP Vegetation Indices 16-Day L3 Global 0.05 Deg CMG


PI: Kamel Didan

Description

The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Vegetation Indices (VNP13C1) Version 1 data product provides vegetation indices by a process of selecting the best available pixel over a 16-day acquisition period at 0.05 degree (Deg) resolution. The VNP13 data products are designed after the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Terra and Aqua Vegetation Indices product suite to promote the continuity of the Earth Observation System (EOS) mission.

The VNP13 algorithm process produces three vegetation indices: The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), and the Enhanced Vegetation Index-2 (EVI2). NDVI is one of the longest continual remotely sensed time series observations, using both the red and near-infrared (NIR) bands. EVI is a slightly different vegetation index that is more sensitive to canopy cover, while NDVI is more sensitive to chlorophyll. EVI2 is a reformation of the standard 3-band EVI, using the red band and NIR band. This reformation addresses arising issues when comparing VIIRS EVI to other EVI models that do not include a blue band. EVI2 will eventually become the standard EVI.

Along with the three Vegetation Indices layers, this product also includes layers for the standard deviations of each Vegetation Index; NIR reflectance; three shortwave infrared (SWIR) reflectance; red, blue, and green reflectance; number of pixels, number of pixels used; pixel reliability; average sun angle, and a quality layer. Two low resolution browse images are also available for each VNP13C1 product: EVI and NDVI.

Characteristics

Product Maturity

Validation at stage 1 has been achieved for the VIIRS Vegetation Index (VI) product suite. Visit VIIRS Land Product Quality Assessment Product Maturity for information on product maturity status.

Collection and Granule

Collection

Characteristic Description
CollectionS-NPP VIIRS
DOI10.5067/VIIRS/VNP13C1.001
File Size~150 MB
Temporal ResolutionMonthly
Temporal Extent2012-01-17 to Present
Spatial ExtentGlobal
Coordinate SystemGeographic Latitude and Longitude
DatumN/A
File FormatHDF-EOS5
Geographic DimensionsGlobal

Granule

Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers18
Columns/Rows7200 x 3600
Pixel Size0.05 Degrees

Layers

SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor Additional Offset
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days #1km pix +-30deg VZ Number of 1 kilometer pixels within 30° Number 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 36 N/A N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days #1km pix used Number of 1 km pixels used for monthly 0.05° (5,600 m) composite Number 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 36 N/A N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days Avg sun zen angle Average sun zenith angle for each pixel Degree 16-bit signed integer -20000 N/A 0 to 18000 100 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days EVI 3 band Enhanced Vegetation Index EVI 16-bit signed integer -15000 to -12000 N/A -10000 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days EVI std dev Standard Deviation for the 3 band Enhanced Vegetation Index EVI 16-bit signed integer -15000 to -12000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days EVI2 2 band Enhanced Vegetation Index EVI2 16-bit signed integer -15000 to -12000 N/A -10000 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days EVI2 std dev Standard Deviation for the 2 band Enhanced Vegetation Index EVI2 16-bit signed integer -15000 to -12000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days NDVI Normalized Difference Vegetation Index NDVI 16-bit signed integer -15000 to -12000 N/A -10000 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days NDVI std dev Standard Deviation for the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index NDVI 16-bit signed integer -15000 to -12000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days NIR reflectance Near-infrared Radiation reflectance (846–885 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days SWIR1 reflectance Shortwave Infrared Radiation reflectance (1230–1250 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days SWIR2 reflectance Shortwave Infrared Radiation reflectance (1580–1640 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days SWIR3 reflectance Shortwave Infrared Radiation reflectance (2225–2275 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days VI Quality Bit field that assigns each pixel a Quality Assessment (QA) attribute Bit Field 16-bit unsigned integer 65535 N/A 0 to 65534 N/A N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days blue reflectance Blue band reflectance (478–498 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days green reflectance Green band reflectance (545–565 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days pixel reliability Pixel usefulness using a simple rank class Rank 8-bit signed integer -4 to -1 N/A 0 to 11 N/A N/A
CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days red reflectance Red band reflectance (600–680 nm) N/A 16-bit signed integer -1000 N/A 0 to 10000 10000 N/A

All scale factors are to be divided.

Fill Values for the Vegetation Index Layers

Fill Value Description
-15000 over ocean/water
-14000 over Antarctica
-13000 over land
-12000 over high latitude during the dark winter

Fill Values for the Pixel Reliability Layer

Fill Value Description
-4 over ocean/water
-3 over Antarctica
-2 over high latitude during the dark winter
-1 over land

Product Quality

Product Quality information can be found in the combined User Guide and Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD). For the “CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days pixel reliability” SDS Layer, a rank quality table for each pixel can be found in Table 5 on page 35. For the “CMG 0.05 Deg 16 days VI Quality” SDS Layer, for use with all VI’s, a bit field Quality Assurance table can be found in Table 13 on pages 43-44 with additional information available in Table 22 and 23 on page 57. Accuracy Precision and Uncertainty information is available on page 65.

Known Issues

No known issues.

Documentation

Using the Data

E-Learning

Land Ho! Exploring Earth’s Land Surface with Suomi NPP NASA VIIRS Land Data

Tools

Citation

DOI: 10.5067/VIIRS/VNP13C1.001

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