Data Sets: International Satellite Land-Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP)

ISLSCP Initiative II contains 50 global time series spanning the 10-year period 1986 to 1995 designed to support investigations of the global carbon, water and energy cycle. Selected data sets span even longer periods. The data were acquired from a number of U.S. and international agencies, universities and institutions, then co-registered to equal-angle grids of one degree, one-half and one-quarter degree resolution and reformatted into a common ASCII format. To find ISLSCP Initiative II data, click here.

ISLSCP Initiative I, a pilot project, produced the first global land cover, hydrometeorology, radiation and soils data sets regridded to a common 1 x 1-degree format for 1987-1988. The Initiative I collection was published in 1995. Scientists, educators and others have ordered over 13,000 ISLSCP I CD-ROMs from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) to support a range of uses: weather forecast improvements, hydrological applications, macroscale basin modeling, biogeochemical and carbon tracer models, global carbon flux model comparisons, general circulation models, model validation and comparison, algorithm development and education. To find ISLSCP Initiative II data, click here.

The First ISLSCP Field Experiment (FIFE) was conducted on the Konza Prairie in Kansas during the summer of 1987. A follow-up experiment at the same location took place in 1989. Data from FIFE is published on five CD-ROMs, which are available at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) DAAC.

  • Volume 1, Surface Observations and Non-image Data Sets
  • Volume 2, Satellite Imagery
  • Volume 3, Thematic Mapper Simulator (aircraft) Imagery
  • Volume 4, Spectro-radiometer and Microwave Radiometer (aircraft) Imagery
  • Volume 5, Includes Vegetation Index, Soil Moisture, Terrain Reference, Surface Temperature, Digitized Site Photographs

The work of FIFE was continued and extended in the Boreal Ecosystems-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) in Canada. See the BOREAS home page for information about available data sets.

See the BOREAS follow-on home page for information about these data sets.