CERES: IGBP Land Classification

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CERES: IGBP Land Classification
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The International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme (IGBP) defines ecosystems surface classifications. The CERES (Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System)10-minute data can be used to derive the land categories. Other, finer resolution gridded surface data are available.

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CERES land classification from IGBPa_1198.map.nc. Surface types 1 - 17 correspond to those defined by IGBP (International Geosphere Biosphere Programme). The last 3 surface types were defined for CERES. Surface type 18, Tundra; Fresh snow, number 19, and sea ice, number 20 are not permanent surface types. They are obtained daily from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The IGBP surface type for snow and ice number 15, is for permanent snow and ice. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Land-sea mask ( IGBPa_1198.map ). [Climate Data Guide; D. Shea]

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Climatology
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Ocean or Land
Ocean & Land
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1080 x 2160 (1/6 degree equal angle)

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Key Publications
  1. IGBP, 1990, The International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme: a study of global change— the initial core project. IGBP Global Change Report no. 12, International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme, Stockholm, Sweden.
  2. IGBP, 1992, Improved Global Data for Land Applications, edited by J. R. G. Townshend. IGBP Global Change Report no. 20, International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme, Stockholm, Sweden.
  3. Wickland, Diane E. 1991. Mission to Planet Earth: The Ecological Perspective. Ecology 72:1923–1933