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Global NPP-VIIRS-like nighttime light (2000-2022)

The nighttime light (NTL) satellite data have been widely used to investigate the urbanization process. The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS) stable nighttime light data and Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (NPP-VIIRS) nighttime light data are two widely used NTL datasets. However, the difference in their spatial resolutions and sensor design requires a cross-sensor calibration of these two datasets for analyzing a long-term urbanization process.

The extended data NPP-VIIRS-like NTL data (2000–2022) have an excellent spatial pattern and temporal consistency which are similar to the composited NPP-VIIRS NTL data. In addition, the resulting product could be easily updated and provide a useful proxy to monitor the dynamics of demographic and socioeconomic activities for a longer time period compared to existing products. The extended time series (2000–2018) of nighttime light data.

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Chen, Z., Yu, B., Yang, C., Zhou, Y., Yao, S., Qian, X., Wang, C., Wu, B., and Wu, J.: An extended time series (2000–2018) of global NPP-VIIRS-like nighttime
light data from a cross-sensor calibration, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 889–906,, 2021.


Earth Engine Snippet

var viirs_ntl = ee.ImageCollection("projects/sat-io/open-datasets/npp-viirs-ntl");

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Created by: Chen, Zuoqi et al

Curated in GEE by : Samapriya Roy

keywords: Nighttime light, VIIRS, NTL, NPP-VIIRS

Last updated on GEE: 2023-08-13