MSG 10-days Fraction of Vegetation Cover (MTFVC-R, LSA-450)

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Fractional Vegetation Cover (FVC) defines an important structural property of a plant canopy, which corresponds to the complement to unity of the gap fraction at nadir direction, accounting for the amount of vegetation distributed in a horizontal perspective. FVC is related with the partition between soil and vegetation contribution for emissivity and temperature. This property is necessary for describing land surface processes and surface parameterisation schemes used for climate and weather forecasting. Besides, the FVC is relevant for a wide range of Land Biosphere Applications such us agriculture and forestry, environmental management and land use, hydrology, natural hazards monitoring and management, vegetation-soil dynamics monitoring, drought conditions and fire scar extent.


Product Documentation

The characteristics and file format of this released Data Record are the same as its correspondent NRT product. It is documented in the following documents:

Please see Product Peer-Review publications in References.

Here you will find the daily Fraction of Vegetation Cover averaged per month over the 2004-2019 period.

This dataset was derived by joining the FCV CDR (MDFVC-R) for 2004-2015 and the operational NRT product (MDFVC, LSA-421) for 2016-2019.



This NetCDF file contains the average of daily FVC for all days of "December" over the 2004-2019 period. The datasets are available on a regular 0.05º grid and the files' format is fully CF-compliant.

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:
FVC was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199

The MSG mission (in operations since 2004) already provides a relatively long time series of VIS and IR observations over the full Earth Disk centred at 0º. The full archive of MSG/SEVIRI data was reprocessed to provide the user comunity a consistent, homogeneous and continuous Data Record of the 10-days Fraction of Vegetation Cover (MTFVC) for the period 2004-2015. 

This Data Record was obtained with the best version of its equivalent NRT product (MTFVC) which can also complement the time series from 2016 onwards.

García-Haro, F. J., Camacho, F., Martínez, B., Campos-Taberner, M., Fuster, B., Sánchez-Zapero, J., & Gilabert, M. A. (2019). Climate data records of vegetation variables from geostationary SEVIRI/MSG data: products, algorithms and applications. Remote Sensing, 11(18), 2103. DOI: 10.3390/rs11182103.

Garcí­a-Haro, F.J, S. Sommer, T. Kemper (2005), Variable multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis (VMESMA), International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26:2135-2162.

Roujean, J.L., M. Leroy and P.Y. Dechamps, (1992). A bidirectional reflectance model of the earth's surface for the correction of remote sensing data. Journal of Geophysical Research, 97 (D18), pp. 20455-20468.