MODIS snow persistence for Canada and Alaska 2001-2019

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Created: Mar 18, 2020 at 6:14 p.m.
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DOI: 10.4211/hs.82326ee6288241f3a85ed1d01a3083d0
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Snow persistence (SP) or the snow cover index (SCI), is the fraction of time that snow is present on the ground for a defined period. SP was calculated on a pixel by pixel basis using MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid, Collection 6 obtained from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). We computed the 1 January – 3 July SP for each year as the fraction of 8-day MODIS images with snow present.

For more information on MODIS snow persistence please see:

-Hammond, J. C., Saavedra, F. A., & Kampf, S. K. (2018). Global snow zone maps and trends in snow persistence 2001–2016. International Journal of Climatology, 38(12), 4369-4383.
-Hammond, J. C., Saavedra, F. A., & Kampf, S. K. (2018). How does snow persistence relate to annual streamflow in mountain watersheds of the Western US with wet maritime and dry continental climates?. Water Resources Research, 54(4), 2605-2623.
-Hammond, J. C., F. A. Saavedra, S. K. Kampf (2017). MODIS MOD10A2 derived snow persistence and no data index for the western U.S., HydroShare,

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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Hammond, J. (2020). MODIS snow persistence for Canada and Alaska 2001-2019, HydroShare,

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