MODIS Vegetative Cover Conversion

Data Access

GLCF editions of MODIS products differ from DAAC editions by coming in GeoTIFF format, geographic coordinates, WGS84 datum, and a tiling system designed to fit well with Landsat imagery.


The Vegetative Cover Conversion (VCC) is an annual data product that reports on changes in land cover at 250m meter spatial resolution. VCC is derived from all seven bands of 16-day composited imagery captured by the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). Please note that this is an alarm product and that due to coarse resolution there are bound to be errors of omission. The provisional edition currently available online depicts global change due to vegetation burning and change within the tropics due to anthropogenic deforestation. Portions of Africa, the Philippines and the Caribbean will be released in a later edition. Comments on this product are welcome.

Code Values
Values for the Burn and Deforestation layers (not the QA layers)
Value Label
0 No Change
1 Change
251 Water (burn product only)
254 Fill (null)
255 Undetermined (due to insufficient input data)
How to Cite This Data Set

Citation Format: Author (Publication Date), Collection Name, Product Name {optional}, Version, Collection Publisher, Publisher Location, Product Coverage Date {optional}.

Citation Parameters Example:

  • Author: Carroll, M.L., C.M. DiMiceli, J.R.G. Townshend, R.A. Sohlberg, M.C. Hansen, and R.S. DeFries
  • Publication Date: (2006)
  • Collection Name: Vegetative Cover Conversion MOD44A
  • Product Name: Burned Vegetation (other option is Deforestation)
  • Version: Collection 4
  • Publisher: University of Maryland
  • Publisher Location: College Park, Maryland
  • Product Coverage Date: 2004

Full Example Citation: Carroll, M.L., C.M. DiMiceli, J.R.G. Townshend, R.A. Sohlberg, M.C. Hansen, R.S. DeFries (2006), Vegetative Cover Conversion MOD44A, Burned Vegetation, Collection 4, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2004.

Associated Peer-Reviewed Publication: Zhan, X., R. Sohlberg, J.R.G. Townshend, C.M. DiMiceli, M.L. Carroll, J.C. Eastman, M.C. Hansen, R.S. Defries (2002), Detection of land cover changes using MODIS 250 meter data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 83, 336-350.

Intellectual Property Rights

University of Maryland; Department of Geography; use is free to all if acknowledgement is made. UMD holds ultimate copyright.


Source for this data set is the Global Land Cover Facility,

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