Annual Progression of Global Vegetation with NASA MEaSUREs VIP

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The seasonal progression of global vegetation is driven by the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis and its annual orbit around the Sun. In turn, global seasonality drives major changes in important environmental factors such as global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. This data visualization illustrates this phenomenon using weekly Enhanced Vegetation Index 2 (EVI2) data, from the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) Vegetation Index and Phenology (VIP) Version 4 collection. The VIP collection is derived from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the NASA Aqua and Terra satellites, the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), and the Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre (SPOT). Data from the VIP collection provide 34 years of consistent, sensor-independent global records for vegetation indices and land surface phenology that can be used to observe the seasonal progression of global vegetation. The data are distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC), located at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. For more information: LP DAAC: NASA MEaSUREs VIP Collection 4:


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Length: 00:01:01

Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US

Video Credits

Video content: Cole Krehbiel, USGS EROS (Contractor)


Science for a changing world.

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Vegetation index and phenology
VIP version 4.

Enhanced Vegetation Index two
EVI2, 7 day, 

0.05 degree resolution.
DOI 10.5067/MEaSUREs/VIP/VIP07.004

Time period of animation:
January 1, 2014 through

December 31, 2014

For more information visit:
NASAS's Land Processes Distributed

Active Archive Center (LP DAAC)

Science for a changing world.