MODIS Land Cover Classes


Citation Information

Title: MODIS Land Cover Classes

Source: Friedl et al.

Date: 2005

Citation: Friedl MA, Sulla-Menashe D, Tan B, Schneider A, Ramankutty N, Sibley A, Huang X (2010) MODIS Collection 5 global land cover: Algorithm refinements and characterization of new datasets. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114, 168-182.


Land cover classes calculated from MODIS 2005. Native resolution is 500 meter projected in Geographic Coordinate System Sinusoidal WGS 1984.

Processing Procedure

1. In ArcMap 10.0, create a land only dataset including ice.

2. Convert GLU gird to Sinusoidal WGS 1984 in 30 arc second resolution.

3. Use zonal statistics to calculate mean values within each GLU.

Data Coverage

Data is coded by the number of cells covered by the native data (1), data extrapolation (2), and not covered by either (3).

DGG Cell Coverage Report
 Coverage Codes Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Valid 1 1431488 99.1 99.1 99.1
3 13476 .9 .9 100.0
Total 1444964 100.0 100.0
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