Fractional cover - MODIS, CSIRO algorithm

Vegetation fractional cover represents the exposed proportion of green, non-green, and bare cover within each pixel. MODIS-scale ground cover provides monthly information for soil erosion and vegetation dynamics at continental and global scales. The algorithm is validated for Australia. A global product using the same algorithm is also produced.

  • KEYWORDS:
    MODIS, ground cover, cover, CSIRO
  • DATA LICENCE
    & ACCESS RIGHTS:
    CC-BY 4.0
  • SPATIAL COVERAGE
    & RESOLUTION:
    500 m resolution (Australia) and 5 km resolution (global)
  • TEMPORAL COVERAGE & RESOLUTION:
    8 day and 1 month composites; 2000 to ongoing
  • PRODUCTION STATUS:
    Updated fortnightly

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TERN AusCover supports a nationally consistent approach to the calibration, validation, and delivery of earth observation data products. To ensure that earth observation data is useful to a wide range of users, the collection and delivery of this data needs to be accurate, precise, and use reproducible methods. To support the earth observation community in achieving a high quality and consistent approach nationwide, we’ve developed our ‘Good Practice Guidelines’ that provide advice on calibrating and validating earth observation data.
The Guidelines are provided as a free and accessible tool to anyone working in earth observation. They are also intended to be a dynamic resource that will be updated over time as new knowledge and best-practice processes emerge. Please contact us if you have feedback or questions.
The Guidelines draw upon the knowledge and experience of our national expert network, and also internationally agreed protocols and standards. We are grateful to the external and international reviewers who refined the Guidelines prior to their release.

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