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EOSDIS Data News - 04/27/2018


NASA's Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) recently released Version 2.7 of the Application for Exploring and Extracting Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS). With this release, users now have access to the Terra Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Land/Water Mask data product.


NASA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory DAAC (ORNL DAAC) published the North American Carbon Program (NACP) revised dataset MODIS-derived Vegetation and Albedo Parameters for Agroecosystem-Climate Modeling. This dataset provides MODIS-derived leaf area index (LAI), stem area index (SAI), vegetation area fraction, dominant landcover category, and albedo parameters for the Continental US (CONUS), parts of southern Canada, and Mexico at 30 km resolution. The data cover the period 2003-2010 and were developed to be used as surface input data for regional agroecosystem-climate models. MODIS Collection 5 products used to derive these parameters included the Terra yearly water mask, vegetation continuous field products, the combined Terra and Aqua yearly land-cover category (LCC) (MCD12Q1), 8-day composites for LAI (MCD15A2), and albedo parameter (MCD43B1) products. Please note that the MODIS Version 5 land data products used in this dataset have been superseded by Version 6 data products.

ORNL DAAC published the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) dataset Thaw Depth at Selected Unburned and Burned Sites Across Alaska, 2016-2017. This dataset provides thaw depth measurements made at seven locations across Alaska, during August 2016 and June and September 2017. Three of the locations are paired unburned-burned sites. At each site, three 30-meter transects were established and thaw depth was measured at 1-meter increments along each transect using a 1.15 m T-shaped thaw depth probe. Locations were selected to investigate fire disturbance, to span the range of permafrost regions from continuous to sporadic, and to cover vegetation types from boreal forests, tussock tundra, upland willow/herbaceous scrub, and lowland fen and wet tundra sites across Alaska.

ORNL DAAC published the ABoVE dataset Dall Sheep Track Sinking Depths, Snow Depth, Hardness, and Density, 2017. This dataset contains Dall sheep (Ovis dalli dalli) hoof sinking depths in snow tracks, and snow depth, hardness, and density measurements in snow pits adjacent to the tracks. Snow measurements were collected between March 19-22, 2017 at sites on Jaeger Mesa in the Wrangell Mountains (WRST), Alaska. Estimated sheep age classes and track site coordinates are also provided.

ORNL DAAC published the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America (ACT-America) dataset L1 Meteorological and Aircraft Navigational Data. This dataset provides aircraft navigational parameters and related meteorological data (often referred to as "housekeeping" data) in support of the research activities for the two aircraft that flew for the NASA Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America (ACT-America) project. ACT-America's mission spans five years and includes five 6-week intensive field campaigns covering all 4 seasons and 3 regions of the central and eastern United States. Two instrumented aircraft platforms, NASA'S Langley Research Center Beechcraft B200 King Air and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center C-130H Hercules, were used to collect high-quality in situ measurements across a variety of continental surfaces and atmospheric conditions. During these flights, aircraft positional, meteorological, and environmental data are recorded by a variety of instruments. For this dataset, measurements include, but are not limited to: latitude, longitude, altitude, ground speed, air temperature, and wind speed and direction. These data are incorporated into related ACT-America flight-instrumented datasets to provide geotrajectory file information for position, attitude, and altitude awareness of instrumented sampling.

ORNL DAAC published the revised Daymet dataset Daily Surface Weather Data on a 1-km Grid for North America, Version 3. This data set provides Daymet Version 3 model output data as gridded estimates of daily weather parameters for North America and Hawaii: including Canada, Mexico, the United States of America, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. Daymet output variables include the following parameters: minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, shortwave radiation, vapor pressure, snow water equivalent, and day length. The dataset covers the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31 of the most recent full calendar year. Daymet variables are continuous surfaces provided as individual files, by variable and year, at a 1-km x 1-km spatial resolution and a daily temporal resolution. Data are in a Lambert Conformal Conic projection for North America and are distributed in a netCDF file (version 1.6) format compliant to Climate and Forecast (CF) metadata conventions.

ORNL DAAC published the revised Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) dataset CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels Combustion, ACES Inventory for Northeastern USA. This dataset provides estimates of annual and hourly carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels (FF) for 13 states across the Northeastern United States. The Anthropogenic Carbon Emissions System (ACES) was used to estimate annual FFCO2 emissions for nine different emissions source sectors on a 1 x 1 km spatial grid, for the year 2011. Hourly estimates of FFCO2 for the years 2013 and 2014 were derived from the 2011 annual emissions by holding the total emissions constant, but accounting for seasonal and daily variations in meteorology, fuel consumption, and traffic patterns across these two years.

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Last Updated: May 7, 2019 at 3:53 PM EDT