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The MODIS MCD12Q1 Product

Colors in this image indicate land cover types derived from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. The combined Land Cover Type (MCD12Q1) Version 6 data product provides global land cover types at yearly intervals.

Defining Land Cover Type

Each color in this image represents a different land cover type as defined by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) classification scheme. The 18 land cover types defined by the IGBP include barren (gray), urban and built-up lands (red), and croplands (yellow).


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New PO.DAAC Saildrone Data Animation

Data collected by the Saildrone unmanned surface vehicle have been turned into a new animation at NASA’s Physical Oceanography DAAC (PO.DAAC).

Webinar: Discover and Access SAR Data with ASF's Vertex: Better, Stronger, Faster

Event Date: November 20, 2019

RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 at 2PM ET (UTC/GMT-5) Looking for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data? Learn how to discover, access and manipulate SAR data with the newly revamped NASA ASF DAAC Vertex tool. We'll showcase common data access methods and some of the advanced features of this data discovery and data access tool.

Flooding near Tokyo, Japan

Image captured on 13 October 2019, by the MODIS instrument, on board the Aqua satellite.

NASA Earth Observing Data and Tools Aid International Education

Dr. Don McNeil at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand uses NASA Earth observing data and tools to teach his students about the natural world.

New Global Sea Level Change Animation at NASA’s PO.DAAC

Using data from four ocean altimetry missions, a new PO.DAAC animation shows more than a quarter-century of global average sea level change.

User Profile: Dr. Kristy Tiampo

More than half of Earth’s population lives in urban environments. NASA Earth science data help Dr. Kristy Tiampo explore the hazards that can impact these areas.

Wildfires Can't Hide from Earth Observing Satellites

Sensors aboard Earth observing satellites and NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) provide information about wildfires 24/7 to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Beacons in the sky help monitor Earth's orientation in space

Measurements of remote celestial objects detail Earth’s orientation in space.

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