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The NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) of AVHRR Leaf Area Index (LAI) and Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) dataset contains derived values that characterize the canopy and photosynthetic activity of plants. This dataset is derived from the NOAA AVHRR Surface Reflectance product and is gridded at a resolution of 0.05° on a daily basis. The values are computed globally over land surfaces, but not over bare or very sparsely vegetated areas, permanent ice or snow, permanent wetland, urban areas, or water bodies.
Known issues with this dataset include:
TIMEOFDAY variable contains values that are too large by 1 day
Latitude values are not correctly associated with the center of the grid cell, error is < 0.002 degrees
Longitude values are not correctly associated with the center of the grid cell, error is < 0.02 degrees
Provider's note: the orbital drift of N-19 (the last NOAA satellite carrying the AVHRR sensor) began to severely degrade the retrieved product quality. Therefore, VIIRS is now the primary sensor being used for these products from 2014-present.
Leaf area index
Fraction of absorbed photosynthetic active radiation
Quality control bit flags
Bitmask for QA
'provisional' or 'permanent'
The NOAA CDR Program's official distribution point for CDRs is NOAA's National Climatic Data Center which provides sustained, open access and active data management of the CDR packages and related information in keeping with the United States' open data policies and practices as described in the President's Memorandum on "Open Data Policy" and pursuant to the Executive Order of May 9, 2013, "Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information". In line with these policies, the CDR data sets are nonproprietary, publicly available, and no restrictions are placed upon their use. For more information, see the Fair Use of NOAA's CDR Data Sets, Algorithms and Documentation pdf.
Martin Claverie, Eric Vermote, and NOAA CDR Program (2014): NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) of Leaf Area Index (LAI) and Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR), Version 4. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V5M043BX