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Active-fire based Burned Area - MODIS, University of Maryland MCD64A1 mosaic, Australia coverage

Last modified by Matt Paget on 2016/06/21 14:55

Active-fire based Burned Area - MODIS, University of Maryland MCD64A1 mosaic, Australia coverage

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Link to the data

DescriptorData link
Persistent URLhttp://www.auscover.org.au/purl/lpdaac-mosaic-mcd64a1-v51
GeoNetwork recordhttp://www.auscover.org.au/geonetwork?uuid=766fb470-b05d-41ce-958f-cdb0888b9018
netCDF-CF (new) and HDF (old)http://www.auscover.org.au/thredds/catalog/auscover/lpdaac-csiro/c5/catalog.html
NCML aggregateshttp://www.auscover.org.au/thredds/auscover/lpdaac-aggregates/c5/v2-nc4/aust/MCD64A1.051/catalog.html

Data licence and Access rights

ItemDetail
RightsCopyright 2008-2012 CSIRO. Rights owned by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Rights licensed subject to Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). Attribution for the LPDAAC and the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team as the source of the MODIS data is also required, see http://modis-fire.umd.edu/BA_getdata.html#Download_2 and https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/citing_our_data.
LicenceCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0.
AccessThese data can be freely downloaded and used subject to the CC BY licence. Attribution and citation is required as described at http://www.auscover.org.au/citation. Attribution for the LPDAAC and the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team as the source of the MODIS data is also required, see http://modis-fire.umd.edu/BA_getdata.html#Download_2 and https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/citing_our_data. We ask that you send us citations and copies of publications arising from work that use these data.

Alternate title

MODIS Collection 5.1 Direct Broadcast Monthly Burned Area Product

Abstract or Summary

The MCD64A1 product presents an automated algorithm for mapping post-fire burned areas using 500-m MODIS imagery coupled with 1-km MODIS active fire observations. The hybrid algorithm applies dynamic thresholds to composite imagery generated from a burn-sensitive vegetation index derived from MODIS channels 5 and 7, and a measure of temporal texture. Cumulative active fire maps are used to guide the selection of burned and unburned training samples and to guide the specification of prior probabilities. The combined use of active-fire and reflectance data enables the algorithm to adapt regionally over a wide range of pre- and post-burn conditions and across multiple ecosystems. (Text from Giglio et al (2009) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.10.006).

Data are derived from the MODIS Burned Area Products that are distributed by the University of Maryland as tiles from a global sinusoidal projection. Tiles for selected products for Australia have been downloaded and then mosaiced and remapped using the Modis Reprojection Tool (MRT). The products have been split into individual bands to reduce file size and have been reformatted to ensure consistency in SDS and attribute nomenclature.

Spatial and Temporal extents

ItemDetail
Spatial resolution (metres)500 m
Spatial coverage (degrees)110.0 to 155.0 E, -10.0 to -45.0 N
Temporal resolution1-month composite
Temporal coverage2000-08-01 to ongoing
Sensor & platformMODIS Terra&Aqua
ItemDetail
Spatial representation typegrid
Spatial reference systemWGS 84

Point of contact

ItemDetail
NameMatt Paget
OrganisationCSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
PositionRemote sensing scientist
Emailmatt.paget@csiro.au
Roleauthor
Address
Telephone
URL
ItemDetail
NameEdward King
OrganisationCSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
PositionRemote sensing scientist
Emailedward.king@csiro.au
Roleauthor
Address
Telephone
URL
ItemDetail
NameMODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team
OrganisationDepartment of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland
PositionSource data archive
Emailmodis-fire@hermes.geog.umd.edu
RolepointOfContact
Address
Telephone
URLhttp://modis-fire.umd.edu

Credit

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research is the custodian of this dataset.

This dataset has been developed by the Time Series Remote Sensing Team, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.  The original data were developed by the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team http://modis-fire.umd.edu/ and the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland http://geog.umd.edu.

Keywords

ThesauriKeyword
GCMDEARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > FIRE ECOLOGY > FIRE DYNAMICS
CF
FoREnvironmental Sciences > Ecological Applications = 0501

There are three main thesauri that AusCover recommends:

  1. Global Change Master Directory (http://gcmd.nasa.gov)
  2. Climate and Forecast (CF) convention standard names (http://cfconventions.org/standard-names.html).
  3. Fields of Research codes (http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/6BB427AB9696C225CA2574180004463E?opendocument).

Data quality

The MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team are responsible for the actual data quality and provide quality channels as part of most products.  These channels are processed the same as the data channels.  The mosaicing, remapping and reformatting processes do not alter either the data or the quality fields.

Quality assessment of the MCD64 product is undertaken by the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team http://modis-fire.umd.edu/ and the MODIS Land Data Discipline Team, http://landweb.nascom.nasa.gov.

Data set specific link(s) for the inputs to the MCD64 product are:

Users should be aware that not all tiles for a particular mosaic necessarily become available from the University of Maryland on the same day.  It is therefore possible that the most recent mosaic for any given product will be updated over several days, each time containing progressively more actual data within the same (standard) geographic extent.

We have had some minor issues with file corruption that have been detected by users unable to un-gzip the mosaic files.  If you discover any such files, please report them to us (see contacts section).

Validation status

Quality assessment of the LPDAAC MODIS products is undertaken by the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products Team http://modis-fire.umd.edu/.

Data set specific link(s) for MCD64 products are:

Related products

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References

ItemDetail or link
PublicationPaget MJ and King EA (2008) MODIS Land data sets for the Australian region. CSIRO Marine and Atmpospheric Research Internal Report No. 004. Available from https://remote-sensing.nci.org.au/u39/public/html/modis/lpdaac-mosaics-cmar.
Readme text filehttps://remote-sensing.nci.org.au/u39/public/html/modis/lpdaac-mosaics-cmar/doc/MODIS_LandData_readme.txt
Product descriptionGiglio, L., Loboda, T., Roy, D. P., Quayle, B., and Justice, C. O., 2009, An active-fire based burned area mapping algorithm for the MODIS sensor. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 408-420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.10.006
Validation reportGiglio et al (2009) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.10.006

Algorithm summary

The reference publication, Giglio et al (2009) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.10.006, provides a summary of the algorithm and links to other supporting documentation.

Note that file format and structure mentioned on the University of Maryland site and supporting documents relates to the original HDF-EOS format for the sinusoidal projection tiles and global extent. Whereas the mosaic files available from this record are HDF4 format for a geographic latitude/longitude projection for Australian extent. The mask values and data types are consistent between both the tile and mosaic versions. Of note:

  • Pixel value represents the Julian day the burnt was detected.

We refer the user to Paget and King (2008) for mosaic and reformatting details, and to the Readme text file for filename and directory structure information.

Product version history

Version labelDetail
1.0Initial release
2.0Added netCDF-CF format

The mosaic data set is automatically updated daily.  In practice this means that the archive is updated within a few days of new data being released on the University of Maryland FTP server.  The documentation (papers and reports, and possibly this README file) will mostly reflect the state of the data set at the time of its initial release and may not be updated in synchrony with the data themselves.  As such, the files present on the server should be regarded as the definitive inventory of the data set.

Metadata history

DateDetail
2008-06Metadata creation date
2013-02-15Reformatted to new template.
Added Validation and UMD/LPDAAC references.
2016-06-21Updated links to data and LPDAAC information
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