Night light data on the Tibetan Plateau (2000, 2005, 2010)

Night light data on the Tibetan Plateau (2000, 2005, 2010)

The data include the night light data of Tibetan Plateau with a spatial resolution of 1km*1km, a temporal resolution of 5 years and a time coverage of 2000, 2005 and 2010.The data came from Version 4 dmsp-ols products. DMSP/OLS sensors took a unique approach to collect radiation signals generated by night lights and firelight.DMSP/OLS sensors, working at night, can detect low-intensity lights emitted by urban lights, even small-scale residential areas and traffic flows, and distinguish them from dark rural backgrounds.Therefore, DMSP/OLS nighttime light images can be used as a representation of human activities and become a good data source for human activity monitoring and research.

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Night time light year

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Fang, H. (2019). Night light data on the Tibetan Plateau (2000, 2005, 2010). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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Support Program

Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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Geographic coverage
East: 104.38 West: 73.44
South: 25.99 North: 40.02
  • Temporal resolution: Yearly
  • File size: 196 MB
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  • Access: Open Access
  • Updated time: 2022-10-07
: FANG Huajun  

Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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