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Nighttime Lights Annual Composites V4

The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (formerly National Geophysical Data Center) maintain an archive of all data recorded on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites as relayed to the archive by Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA), previouly referred to as Air Force Global Weather Central (AFGWC). The Nighttime Lights Time Series files are cloud-free composites made using all the available archived DMSP-OLS smooth resolution data for calendar years. In cases where two satellites were collecting data - two composites were produced. The products are 30 arc second grids, spanning -180 to 180 degrees longitude and -65 to 75 degrees latitude.
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    Dataset Point of Contact DMSP Data Manager
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    303.497.3053
    ngdc.dmsp@noaa.gov
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    Date(s)
    • publication: 2011-11-01
    Dataset Progress Status Under development
    Data Update Frequency: Annually
    Supplemental Information:
    This program is a joint effort with extensive collaboration between the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Office, Air Force Weather Agency, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and supporting research and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    Purpose: Earth especially Urban Development Research
    Originator(s)
    • DOD/USAF/AFWA > Air Force Weather Agency, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense
    Publisher(s)
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Time Period: 2010-01-01 to 2011-06-01
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 75
    S: -65
    E: 180
    W: -180
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    Theme keywords NASA/GCMD Earth Science Keywords
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Incoming Solar Radiation
    • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Satellite Orbits
    Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Use Constraints
    • Use Constraints: none
    Access Constraints
    • Access Constraints: No Constraints
    Fees Fee information not available.
    Lineage information for: repository
    Processing Steps
    • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
    Acquisition Information (collection)
    Instrument
    • Operational Linescan System
    Platform
    • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
    Operation
    • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
    Last Modified: 2015-09-18
    For questions about the information on this page, please email: ngdc.dmsp@noaa.gov