Remote Sensing Phenology Metrics Released

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Scientists with the Remote Sensing Phenology program at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center release data on seasonal life cycles on an annual basis.

color map of Start of Season Time (SOST) for 2014

The Start of Season Time (SOST) from 2014, produced by the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD. Visit this site for more information.

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Sept. 20, 2017:

The 2016 suite of phenology metrics was derived from time-series Collection 6 Aqua eMODIS Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data. More information on Collection 6 processing can be found here. Users should be aware that the phenology data for 2001-2015 is based on time series Collection 5 Terra eMODIS NDVI data. It is known that these data were affected by deterioration in the MODIS instrument that was most pronounced after 2007. We plan to reprocess these phenology metrics using Collection 6 Aqua time series NDVI as soon as the appropriate funding can be allocated. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Jan 4, 2018:

A revised set of the 2016 phenology metrics is now available.

Get Data: 2016 250m Collect 6 Aqua eMODIS Phenology Metrics