FLDAS Vegetation Class and Mask Illustrations
This page illustrates the FLDAS unified land/water mask and the land cover data used in the FLDAS simulations. FLDAS-Noah uses the land surface datasets from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) as our "standard".
The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) based UMD veg classification datasets are used for VIC. Info on these data can be found HERE.
Eastern Africa (EA):
EA landcover map (PNG)
Western Africa (WA):
WA landcover map (PNG)
Southern Africa (SA):
SA landcover map (PNG)
FLDAS Land/Sea Mask Dataset
FLDAS adopted the MOD44W MODIS Water Mask as the standard land/sea mask. The mask data [Carroll et al, 2009] is produced at University of Maryland and described here. In order to create the land/sea masks on this page, the percent coverage of 0.01 degree water pixels in each FLDAS grid box was used such that grid boxes made up of more than 50% water were assigned a "water" value of 0 in the FLDAS land/sea mask, while all other grid boxes received a "land" value of 1. To download the netcdf data file click HERE.