VanderSat Data Products

This chapter describes the VanderSat data products. This a technical description. Background documentation including scientific papers describing the algorithm can be obtained on request. Information can also be found here: FAQ.

Product Data Flags

Most VanderSat products have an associated file with a quality indicator or data flag. These are stored as separate products in our system. See How to retrieve the data flags and Flags data file description for LST, VOD and SM for information on how to retrieve and interpretate the flags.

Product naming convention

VanderSat data products follow a simple three-part naming convention: {product-name}_{version string}_{resolution}.

product-name:The name of the product. This name itself usually consists of several parts separated by hyphens (-). The first part is the actual product (eg.e SM, ‘TEFF etc), the other (usually three ) parts give the product attributes, e.g.: SM-{SAT}-{BAND}-{TIME}. Here {SAT} will be replaced by the satellite/instrument {BAND} will be replaced by the frequency band the product has been derived from, {TIME} will be replaced by the part of the orbit (ASC or DESC). For example SM-SMAP-LN-DESC specifies soil moisture for the SMAP satellite using L band without vegetation correction (see Vegetation correction) derived from the descending orbit and QF-AMSR2-SM-C1V-DESC specifies the quality flags for soil moisture derived from the AMSR2 instrument descending C-band with vegetation correction.
version string:The version string is made up of 4 positions. Is always starts with a V and the remaining three positions denote a integer number padded with zeros (e.g. V001 or V034 are describing version 1 and version 34 respectively). Minor version information can be found in the meta data of the actual data products.
pixel size:pixel size is given as a number in metres. This is an approximate size as the data itself is stored in decimal degrees (WGS84). The actual size in decimal degrees is given in the description of each data product.

Vegetation correction

In certain cases a vegetation correction is applied to the soil moisture (SM) and vegetation optical depth (VOD) products. This is denoted in the product name such that SM-C1N is the normal product and SM-C1V is the vegetation corrected version of the product. In the majority of cases, the normal product will be used. If the vegetation corrected product is required we will let you know.

Volumetric Soil Moisture L-band (SM)

Description

Satellite observed volumetric soil moisture derived from L-band microwave data in combination with other bands. It is based on VanderSat’s patented high resolution technology and provides soil moisture of the top 5 cm of the soil depending on moisture conditions. VanderSat’s L-band data is retrieved from the SMAP satellite.

Volumetric_Soil_Moisture L-band Key Specification
Name Soil Moisture
API name SM-SMAP-LN-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation SM-SMAP-LN-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit \(m^3/m^3\)
Sensing depth 5 cm
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 230 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 6:00 AM
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2015 - Present
Satellites used AMSR-2, GPM-GMI, SMAP
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Soil moisture
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Soil moisture
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Data for areas with Critical flags is automatically removed from the first band but may be retrieved from the second band. A full description of the data flags is given in VanderSat Data Flags

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Volumetric Soil Moisture C-band (SM)

Description

Satellite observed volumetric soil moisture derived from C-band microwave data in combination with other bands. It is based on VanderSat’s patented high resolution technology and provides top soil soil moisture of the top 2 cm of the soil depending on moisture conditions. VanderSat’s C-band soil moisture is derived from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) on board the GCOM-W1 satellite as well the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSRE) on board the AQUA satellite.

Volumetric_Soil_Moisture L-band Key Specification
Name Soil Moisture (C-band)
API name SM-AMSR2-C1N-DESC_V003_100, SM-AMSRE-C1N-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation SM-AMSR2-C1N-DESC_V003_100, SM-AMSRE-C1N-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit \(m^3/m^3\)
Sensing depth 2 cm
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 320 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 01:30 LST (DESC) – 13:30 LST (ASC) +/- 40 minutes
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Soil moisture
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Soil moisture
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Data for areas with Critical flags is automatically removed from the first band but may be retrieved from the second band. A full description of the data flags is given in VanderSat Data Flags

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Volumetric Soil Moisture X-band (SM)

Description

Satellite observed volumetric soil moisture derived from X-band microwave data in combination with other bands. It is based on VanderSat’s patented high resolution technology and provides top soil soil moisture of the top 1 cm of the soil depending on moisture conditions. VanderSat’s X-band soil moisture is derived from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) on board the GCOM-W1 satellite, the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSRE) on board the AQUA satellite and the GMI sensor on board the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite.

Volumetric_Soil_Moisture L-band Key Specification
Name Soil Moisture (X-band)
API name SM-AMSR2-XN-DESC_V003_100, SM-AMSRE-XN-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation SM-AMSR2-XN-DESC_V003_100, SM-AMSRE-XN-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit \(m^3/m^3\)
Sensing depth 1 cm
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 320 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 01:30 (DESC) – 13:30 (ASC)*
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer
  • variable timing for GMI, separated into day and night.

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Soil moisture
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Soil moisture
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Data for areas with Critical flags is automatically removed from the first band but may be retrieved from the second band. A full description of the data flags is given in VanderSat Data Flags

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Derived Root Zone Soil Moisture (DRZSM)

Derived Root Zone Soil Moisture is calculated from one of the direct soil moisture products (Volumetric Soil Moisture L-band (SM), Volumetric Soil Moisture C-band (SM), Volumetric Soil Moisture X-band (SM)) using a method described by Albergel et al., 2008. (https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-12-1323-2008) and Paulik et. al. 2014, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0303243414000099). The characteristic time T is part of the product name. In case of single point timeseries retrieved via the API this can be calculated directly on the fly using the API (see timeseries-api). For gridded data the maps have been pre-calculated using a number of pre-defined T values. The DRZSM is also calculate for periods with missing input data. If data is missing the will be reflected in the quality flag that is stored in a separate file (see DRZSM quality indicator).

Derived Root Zone Soil Moisture Key Specification
Name Derived Root Zone Soil Moisture
API name DRZSM-AMSR2-C1N-DESC-T10_V003_100
Abbreviation DRZSM-AMSR2-C1N-DESC-T10_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit \(m^3/m^3\)
T value 10, 20
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 365 images/yr
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI, SMAP
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

The name of the DRZSM also includes the top soil soil moisture it is derived from and the T value used in the creation of the DRZSM. For example DRZSM-AMSR2-C1N-DESC-T10_V003_100 contains root zone soil moisture derived from C-band data using a T value of 10. Alternatively DRZSM-AMSR2-C1N-DESC-T20_V003_100 contains root zone soil moisture derived from L-band data using a T value of 20.

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Derived Root Zone Soil Moisture
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 Derived Root Zone Soil Moisture
NoData 65535

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Land Surface Temperature (LST, TEFF)

Satellite observed land surface temperature (effective temperature using Multi-frequency microwave sensor technology and VanderSat’s Patented methodology.

Land Surface Temperature Key Specification
Name Land Surface Temperature
API name TEFF-AMSR2-DESC_V003_100, TEFF-AMSRE-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation TEFF-AMSR2-DESC_V003_100, TEFF-AMSRE-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit K
Sensing depth surface
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 320 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 01:30 (DESC) – 13:30 (ASC)*
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Number of critical flags 5
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer
  • variable timing for GMI

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.01
Offset 0
Band 1 LST
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.01
Offset 0
Band 1 LST
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Vegetation Optical Depth L-band (VOD)

Satellite observed vegetation optical depth (VOD) using Multi-frequency microwave sensor technology and VanderSat’s patented methodology.

Vegetation Optical Depth Key Specification
Name Vegetation Optical Depth (L-band)
API name VOD-SMAP-LN-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation VOD-SMAP-LN-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit
Sensing depth
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 320 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 06:00 (DESC) – 18:00 (ASC)
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Number of critical flags 5
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI, SMAP
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 VOD
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 VOD
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Vegetation Optical Depth C-band (VOD)

Satellite observed vegetation optical depth (VOD) using Multi-frequency microwave sensor technology and VanderSat’s patented methodology.

Vegetation Optical Depth Key Specification
Name Vegetation Optical Depth (C-band)
API name VOD-AMSR2-C1N-DESC_V003_100, VOD-AMSRE-C1N-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation VOD-AMSR2-C1N-DESC_V003_100, VOD-AMSRE-C1N-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit
Sensing depth
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 320 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 01:30 (DESC) – 13:30 (ASC)
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI, SMAP
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 VOD
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 VOD
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Vegetation Optical Depth X-band (VOD)

Satellite observed vegetation optical depth (VOD) using Multi-frequency microwave sensor technology and VanderSat’s patented methodology.

Vegetation Optical Depth Key Specification
Name Vegetation Optical Depth (X-band)
API name VOD-AMSR2-XN-DESC_V003_100, VOD-AMSRE-XN-DESC_V003_100
Abbreviation VOD-AMSR2-XN-DESC_V003_100, VOD-AMSRE-XN-DESC_V003_100
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 1.0: Haarlem, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit
Sensing depth
Pixel size 100x100m, 0.000888888888889 degree
Temporal resolution 320 observations per year at 52 degree lat.
Local overpass time 01:30 (DESC) – 13:30 (ASC)*
Coverage Global
Data availability April 2002 - Present; gap in 2012
Satellites used AMSR-E, AMSR-2, TMI, GPM-GMI, SMAP
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer
  • GMI overpass times vary each day

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression LZW
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 VOD
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type uint16
Compression Zip 6
Scale 0.001
Offset 0
Band 1 VOD
Band 2 Data marked as unreliable
NoData 65535

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Inundation classes (INU-CLASSES)

Inundation derived from Sentinel-1 data. Based on open water detection in combination with change detection and thresholding.

INU-CLASSES:

Classified files using classes 0-6 based on the following input maps as a first step:

W:Water detected using histogram method (0, 1)
V:Change detection in VV (0,1,2)
VH:Change detection in VH (0,1,2)

In the second step these maps are combined into one final maps using the following lookup table:

0:VV = 0, VH = 0 W = 0 - no color
1:W = 0, VV >=1, VH >= 0 - white
2:W = 1, VV = 1, VH = 0 - blue
3:W = 1, VV = 2, VH = 0 - blue
4:W = 1, VV = 1, VH >= 1 - blue
5:W = 1, VV = 2, VH = 1 - blue
6:W = 1, VV = 2, VH = 2 - dark blue
Inundation Classes Key Specification
Name Inundation
API name INU-S1-CLASSES_V001_10
Abbreviation INU-S1-CLASSES_V001_10
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit Classes (7) or RGB
Pixel size 10x10m, 8.9831528412e-05 degree
Temporal resolution 3-6 days (location dependant)
Coverage Global
Data availability October 2014 - Present
Satellites used Sentinel-1a/b
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type Byte
Compression LZW
Scale 1
Offset 0
Band 1 Inundation classes
NoData 255

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type Byte
Compression Zip 6
Scale 1
Offset 0
Band 1 Inundation classes
NoData 255

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Inundation RGB (INU-RGB)

Inundation is derived from Sentinel-1 data using an approach based on histogram matching of know open water and grassland histograms in combination with change detection and thresholding.

INU-RGB:A false colour file in which the Red channel is taken from the VV polarisation and the Green and Blue Channel the VH polarisation.
Inundation Classes Key Specification
Name Inundation
API name INU-S1-RGB_V001_10
Abbreviation INU-S1-RGB_V001_10
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 0.9: Noordwijk
Unit Classes (7) or RGB
Pixel size 10x10m, 8.9831528412e-05 degree
Temporal resolution 3-6 days (location dependant)
Coverage Global
Data availability October 2014 - Present
Satellites used Sentinel-1a/b
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type Byte
Compression LZW
Scale 1
Offset 0
Band 1 Inundation classes
NoData 255

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type Byte
Compression Zip 6
Scale 1
Offset 0
Band 1 Inundation classes
NoData 255

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018

Inundation rolling mean (INU-RM)

Inundation is derived from Sentinel-1 data using an approach based on histogram matching of know open water and grassland histograms in combination with change detection and thresholding.

rolling mean of VV and VH:
 30 image rolling mean of the VV an VH images used as a base for the change detection.
Inundation Classes Key Specification
Name Inundation
API name INU-S1-RM-VV_V001_10
Abbreviation INU-S1-RM-VV_V001_10
Versions Version 0.9: Noordwijk, Version 3.0: Champaign
Unit Classes (7) or RGB
Pixel size 10x10m, 8.9831528412e-05 degree
Temporal resolution 3-6 days (location dependant)
Coverage Global
Data availability October 2014 - Present
Satellites used Sentinel-1a/b
Available to user 12 hours after overpass of the satellites
File format GeoTIFF, NetCDF (Images), csv (Time series)
Data delivery VanderSat API, VanderSat Viewer

Image properties

Geotiff properties

Parameter Value
Data type Byte
Compression LZW
Scale 1
Offset 0
Band 1 Inundation classes
NoData 255

NetCDF Properties:

Parameter Value
Data type Byte
Compression Zip 6
Scale 1
Offset 0
Band 1 Inundation classes
NoData 255

Terms of use

Data is property of VanderSat B.V and may only be used for the purpose specified in the service/data contract.

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2018