This data set contains the global land cover type derived from observations and products of the MODIS Sensor aboard both, TERRA and AQUA platforms. Data of an entire year are used to come up with a high-quality annual composite of the land cover type according to the definition of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP). According to the IGBP definition 17 land cover types are represented in this data set, 11 of which are natural vegetation, 3 of which are barren or without vegetation while the remaining 3 comprise a mixture of different types and/or artificial vegetation such as croplands.
This is version 5.1. , downloaded from the data server December 2012
This data is available for years 2001-2012 with annual resolution. Upon request data are also available at monthly resolution.
Latest data update: February 24, 2014