Updates on the Vegetation Cover Anomaly
(for Australia, you can check the Fractional Cover anomaly between 2000-2016)
(click on the links below to enlarge the maps)
FC anomaly (2000-2015) animation
A new video featuring the Fractional Cover anomaly (globally) has come up, check it out here :
The term “fractional cover” refers to the three fractions of a given area that constitute green photosynthetic vegetation (grasses, shrubs and trees), non-photosynthetic vegetation (woody, dry stubble, plus dry litter) and bare ground. This information is derived from satellite data provided by NASA’s “MODIS” sensors, following the approach of Guerschman et al (2015). The “anomaly” map above shows the difference in vegetation cover (the photosynthetic plus non-photosynthetic fractions) for the period in question relative to mean vegetation cover fractions estimated for the average of all years since 2000 at the same time of year.
The same product is also available for Australia here on the “Australia” pilot site page: (http://www.geo-rapp.org/pilot-activities-2/australia/)
For more information, visit the Auscover website (http://www.auscover.org.au/).