Changes in Canopy Cover with NASA MODIS Leaf Area Index Data

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Did you know that tree canopy cover can be measured from space? The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites can do just that by providing data that are used to calculate Leaf Area Index (LAI). LAI is a measurement of green leaf area in broadleaf tree canopies and needle surface area in coniferous tree canopies. This data visualization shows the changes in tree canopy cover over the conterminous United States from January 1, 2015 to September 29, 2016, using 8-day, 500 meter resolution Terra/Aqua combined MODIS Version 6 LAI data (MCD15A2H). These data are archived and distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC), located at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. LP DAAC: Terra/Aqua MODIS LAI, 8-day data: 


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Length: 00:01:13

Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US

Video Credits

Video content: Lindsey Harriman, USGS EROS (Contractor)


Science for a changing world.

In cooperation with

Terra Moderate Resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

Version 6.
Leaf area index. 8 day,

500 meter resolution.
DOI: 10.5067/MODIS/MCD15A2H.006

Time period of animation:
January 1, 2015 through

September 29, 2016

For more information visit:
NASAS's Land Processes Distributed

Active Archive Center (LP DAAC)

Science for a changing world.