Release of MODIS Version 6 Land Cover Dynamics Data Product

Mar 25, 2019

The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) is pleased to announce the availability of the Terra and Aqua combined Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 global Land Cover Dynamics data product (MCD12Q2 V6). The MCD12Q2 V6 data product provides global land surface phenology metrics at 500 meters spatial resolution in yearly intervals from 2001 to 2016. The phenology metrics are derived from time series of MODIS-observed land surface greenness utilizing the 2-band Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI2) calculated from MODIS Nadir BRDF-Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR). Several improvements to the MCD12Q2 V6 data product include: better capture of phenometrics with multiple vegetation cycles per year, assignment of phenometrics for cross calendar vegetation cycles to a single product year, improved quality assurance information, and representation of date as days since January 1, 1970.

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for the data product is given below.

MODIS/Terra and Aqua Land Cover Dynamics Yearly L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid V006 – MCD12Q2

Friedl, M., Gray, J., Sulla-Menashe, D. (2019). MCD12Q2 MODIS/Terra+Aqua Land Cover Dynamics Yearly L3 Global 500m SIN Grid V006 [Data set]. NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC. doi: 10.5067/MODIS/MCD12Q2.006

The data are available for download through DAAC2Disk, Data Pool, and NASA’s Earthdata Search.

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