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Towards PROBA-V
After 16 years of operation, at end of May 2014, SPOT-VEGETATION hands over the torch to PROBA-V. Most of the SPOT-VGT derived products are continued and further improved in the context of the Copernicus Global Land service. As this Global Land service is deploying its own data access portal, this web site will only provide historical SPOT-VGT products.
Unavailability of desert locust products
Due to the US government shutdown and resulting unavailability of MODIS data from NASA, VITO is not able to continue the production of the greenness maps in Near Real Time, starting from the last dekad of September.
The missing products will be provided as soon as the US government services are re-started. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Unavailability of several Global Land products
The Copernicus Global Land service use some data from an US government services (NASA). Due to the lapse in US federal government funding, several federal agencies have been shut down and hence do not provide any data at this moment. Due to the unavailability of this data, our Global Land service is temporary not able to provide the FCOVER version 0, LAI version 0, FCOVER version 1, LAI version 1, FAPAR version 1, Albedos version 1 and TOC-R version 1 products in Near Real Time, starting from the last dekad of September. The related Albedo version 0 production, currently maintained outside of the Copernicus services and available on this website, is also affected. The missing products will be provided as soon as the US government services are re-started. We apologize for the inconvenience.
PHENO products stopped
In view of the transition to Copernicus (former GMES) Initial Operations - Global Land service, VITO re-evaluated the usage of those VEGETATION-derived products that are not taken up in the data production plans of the Global Land service. As a result, the production and dissemination of the PHENOKS and PHENOMAX products are stopped.
Website migration
As DevCoCast project has ended and new initiatives take over, in particular the FP7 AGRICAB project (see the new Africa portal) and the Copernicus Global Land service, the content of this web has partially moved. Make sure to have a look at the new web sites for the latest updates!
Website outage
The website will be down for power maintenance from Friday 23 Nov 2012 in afternoon until Monday 26 Nov.
VGTExtract 2.0
The first release of VGTExtract 2.0 is now available. The main changes and objectives of this 2.0 version can be summarized as:
  • Addition of a new, underlying “engine” application, with intensive software unit and black-box testing. This was required for dealing with the HDF5 multi-band and GeoTiff input formats introduced by the newly supported Geoland2 products.
  • The support for more products and datasets: Geoland2’s improved products (so-called Version 1 or V1) and the basic SPOT-VEGETATION P Segment data
  • Smoother integration with VITO′s new SPIRITS software for basic SPOT-VEGETATION products like S10 NDVI.
Website outage
The website is expected to be down due to network maintenance on Wednesday 25 January 2012, between 14h and 17h CET.
Merry XMas and Happy New Year!
On behalf of the VITO team, in particular those involved in VGT4Africa, DevCoCast, Geoland2 and AGRICAB project activities - I wish you all and your families merry Christmas and good health, lots of fun and success for 2012!
Product updates
A number of products were found missing from the archive. These were produced and subsequently added to the EUMETCast broadcast:
  • In second half of October, the FCOVER, LAI, BIOQ and all of the five Albedo products were completed covering all African zones for the 10-day period starting 2011-08-31.
  • After a bug in the Burnt Area production was resolved, the missing African zones of Burnt Area were recovered for the third dekad of July, the first of August and several in September and October 2011. This was done by mid November.
  • Two flaws were discovered in the 10-daily input products: an eclipse on the product of 2005-10-01 and a mis-registration in the product of 2005-12-21. The corresponding NDVI and NDWI products were reproduced and uploaded onto EUMETCast today. The affected SWB products were not updated in view of the effort required to do so and the imminent release of an upgraded, validated and back-processed SWB product (so-called Geoland2 version 1).
Please make sure to re-download all of these products in case you were using them.
In an effort to improve this best-effort service, Geoland2 is already ensuring more stable and quality controlled data production. The dissemination system has been adjusted to monitor the availability of products through the website more closely as well. And finally, an investigation is being carried out on the consistency of the archive with respect to the SPOT-VEGETATION recalibration campaigns, mentioned on http://www.spot-vegetation.com.
AGRICAB grant agreement signed
After the Europe-Africa Marine EO Network (EAMNET) in 2010, the second related FP7 project that will continue where DevCoCast leaves off in Africa, AGRICAB, is nearly ready to start back-to-back, on Oct 1. Today, the signed EU Grant Agreement was received, leaving only the project partners to sign their accession to the contract.
Final project meeting
DevCoCast draws to a close... and has just organized its final meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. The web page with the presentations, photographs and conclusions is available here. More information on related events and meetings of the project are now also made available through the navigation menu on the left.
Outreach and publications

DevCoCast activities are featured in a three-page article in International Innovation magazine. The project is also acknowledged in papers that won Research Award for Young Scholars 2011 related to the upcoming XIV World Water Congress in Brazil.

Locust products update
VITO has just finished correcting two anomalies in the Desert Locust products called "Green Area":
  • the first around South Sudan, in the products from July 2011 onwards, which was detected by FAO
  • and the second over China in the products from mid May 2011 onwards
Please re-download the updated Green Area maps from mid May 2011 until now to make sure you have the latest. The related NDVI products do not have the same anomalies and have not been re-produced.
DevCoCast final project meeting
The date for the final meeting of the DevCoCast project has been set to 12 and 13 September 2011. This follows the EUMETSAT Satellite User Conference in Oslo. Related EAMNET project will hold its second annual meeting at the same venue on the two following days, 14 and 15 September. The final project meeting, intended for project partners and key stakeholders, will focus on summarizing DevCoCast′s achievements and continuity of the project′ efforts.
DevCoCast extended
The DevCoCast project has been extended until end of September 2011, following the conclusion of a contract change procedure with the European Commission.
NDVI South America available
As of end of last week, the full archive, from Apr 1998 until present, of SPOT-VEGETATION NDVI is now available for the South and Central American continent and countries. These data can be downloaded in the VGT download area of this website.
SBSR XV workshop
INPE-CPTEC, EUMETSAT and the Federal University of Alagoas have co-organized a workshop on the usage of EUMETCast for meteorological and environmental applications at the 15th Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium (SBSR XV) in Curitiba, Brazil. The workshop included a presentation on DevCoCast and aimed at involving more Brazilian institutes in GEONETCast. The report and presentations are available on the LAPIS website.
LAI, FCOVER, Albedo products added
The gaps in the archives of the Leaf Area Index (LAI), green cover fraction (FCOVER) and Albedo products have been filled. In particular, the missing products with nominal dates 2008-12-11, 2009-06-11 (all) and the Dec 2009 - May 2010 period (albedo only) are now available. The nominal date indicates the start of last 10-day period covered, and is indicated in the file names.
Please note however that this does not mean the archive is fully back-processed and available since start of VEGETATION ( April 1998). Such back-processing is currently planned within the frame of Geoland2 project, Biophysical Parameter (BioPar) core mapping service, but only after the improved algorithm (so-called Version 1) has been integrated into a more robust operational production system and validation has been carried out.
Web site updates

As first step in a series of web site updates, the downloads of the SPOT VEGETATION and Desert Locust products has been separated into two pages. This was necessary to prepare for the addition of a large number of geographic areas for the locust products.

SADC workshop postponed
The fourth AMESD-DevCoCast regional workshop, addressing the SADC region and AMESD SADC Thema services, has been postponed until the week of 6-10 June 2011.
GEO-VII showcase movie
VITO and DevCoCast partners INPE and CONAB helped the European Commission to prepare the GEO Capacity Building showcase movie for the GEO-VII Ministerial and Plenary Summit in Beijing, China, early November. This movie can be found here. The film further features also the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, another key user of DevCoCast data in Nairobi.
Happy New Year!
Best wishes for 2011!
From the entire DevCoCast team, and from me personally.
INTA product feedback workshop
DevCoCast co-sponsors a first INTA user feedback workshop on their DevCoCast and other products for agricultural production and forestry that are made available on the web and through EUMETCast. For more information, see the list of future capacity building workshops.
DevCoCast demo at GEO-VII
As part of a series of outreach events, the DevCoCast pilot data flow from the Danish Meteorological Institute ( YEOS project ) through EUMETSAT, the GEONETCast data exchange with CMA and then the broadcast using CMACast to the JYMT user in China and its applications will be shown at the upcoming GEO-VII Plenary and Ministerial, held in Beijing, early November. At the same time, DevCoCast is represented there through a number of posters and presentations.
Product flow

In the coming days and weeks, a number of new products are being added to the EUMETCast satellite broadcast:

  • Ten-daily, 250m resolution Green Vegetation Dynamic maps, derived from TERRA and AQUA MODIS and currently with restricted access for desert locust use
  • Ten-daily, 1km resolution SPOT-VEGETATION Burnt Area product
  • Daily, 1km resolution MERIS and MODIS Ocean Colour products from UCT and soon following also those from PML are moving from test to trial to operational broadcast. They are produced together with the Europe-Africa Marine Network and cover the full African coastline ( in regional chunks ) as well as two large open ocean areas east of Africa ( for use in AMESD ).
VGTExtract version 1.4 released
A new version of the VGTExtract software has just been released: version 1.4, release 1.
It includes:
  • not only African, but also South American pre-defined countries and regions
  • support for recognizing, grouping and automatically mosaicing the 10°10° tiles supplied in the frame of Geoland2,
  • support for the new Burnt Area products that cover Africa,
  • an improved and extended User Guide
The user interface has also been improved and several changes were made to fix bugs and improve the performance.
Last week, the download of data was broken due to problems with the web server. These problems have been sorted out, but a short interruption for maintenance may be necessary coming Monday August 9. The EUMETCast broadcasts of South America data are temporarily interrupted as well, though we expect to start them up again tomorrow.
Desert locust pilot service
With the production up and running and the deliveries stabilizing, the first new pilot desert locust products are now available, and test broadcasts on EUMETCast will start this week. These pilot products are currently only accessible for FAO, University Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the 3 national locust centres of Mali, Eritrea and Sudan. UCL is a Belgian university who developed the algorithm for the products as part of the related, Belgian nationally funded WorldWideWatch project.
EUMETCast broadcast
No less than 8 products became part of the operational broadcast at the end of March, early April:
  • SPOT-VEGETATION 10-daily NDVI over South and Central America
  • Rainfall Satellite, 15-daily and 30-daily NDVI derived from NOAA AVHRR and in GeoTiff format from INPE, Brazil
  • NDVI, NDVI anomaly, Evapotranspiration and Fire Risk (also AVHRR based, GIF format) from INTA, Argentina

And as of coming Monday, the CBERS CCD and HRC composite product (CHC), at 10m average spatial resolution will be included in the trial broadcasts. Operational broadcast of these 27km scenes, one over Africa and one over South America each day, will soon follow.

As usual, these DevCoCast products can be received in the entire EUMETCast footprint after registration. The SPOT-VEGETATION NDVI is restricted to use in South America and Africa.

Update Nairobi workshop
The report of the DevCoCast-AMESD training workshop in Nairobi is now available here, along with the announcement and final agenda.
New marine products from PML

As of next Tuesday, Jan 19th, Level 3 MODIS and MERIS Ocean colour products from Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) will become routinely available on EUMETCast′s DEVCOCAST-1 channel.

MODIS products are generated twice, for 2 areas per day. MERIS products are generated once per day, for the same 2 areas.
File sizes are 5 MB on average.
They are in netCDF format and named PML_<instr>_<area>_<passtime>.nc, with:
<instr> = modis or meris
<area> = ghana or mauritania
<passtime> = time of the satellite overpass

For more information, please visit the NEODAAS web site, or contact the PML team at devcocast@pml.ac.uk, the DevCoCast help desk or have a look at EUMETSAT′s Product Navigator.

Best wishes!
Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2010 to you all! From the VITO DevCoCast team
First set of INPE products on EUMETCast
As of next Monday, Dec 21st, the first 5 INPE products will become routinely available on EUMETCast's DEVCOCAST-1 channel. These include:

The products are in JPEG format and have typical filenames of the form
Frequency for FDG, FTC and LDI is every 15 minutes. UVI is generated every 30 minutes (during daylight hours) and FDN files are generated once per day.

For more information, please contact the INPE team at atusdsa@cptec.inpe.br, the DevCoCast help desk or have a look at EUMETSAT′s Product Navigator.

First DevCoCast products
The Lowveld Fire Danger Index (LFDI) and McArthur Forest Fire Danger Index (FFDI) products from CSIR′s Meraka Institute are available via EUMETCast as of today. These are the first products that DevCoCast adds to EUMETCast and that operationally flow from Africa, through the central hubs and then to EUMETSAT for the EUMETCast broadcast. They are available everywhere in the EUMETCast footprint - Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Access is free. Selling the received data is prohibited and users are requested to give reference to the data source whenever the products are used.
They are available on the DEVCOCAST-1 channel, PID 300 in Europe and Africa or PID 1922 in the Americas.
To register for these products, please contact the EUMETSAT Help desk.
From VGT4Africa towards DevCoCast

With the VGT4Africa project finished, the GEONETCast for and by Developing Countries (DevCoCast) project will continue the user support and training efforts and bring much more, including free, stand-alone training packages, discussion forums,...!

This means that the web address of this web site will change from http://www.vgt4africa.org to http://www.devcocast.eu, so please update your bookmarks by end of October 2009!

The production and delivery of products will of course continue and the logins to download the data are not affected. You will see an important change in the content of the web pages.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the help desk.

DMP and VPI upgrade
The DMP and VPI processing system is upgraded, the missing DMP and VPI products have been completed and back processing has started up.
DMP and VPI upgrade
Due to an upgrade of both products, the VPI and DMP for the last 10-day period of August are delayed and will only be available in the week of September 7th.
At that time, we'll also start to reprocess the entire archive of DMP and VPI, which will be completed by the end of this year.
A document explaining the reasons for the upgrade of both products to new versions, is in preparation and will be sent to you shortly.
In brief, VPI is re-calculated using a new historical average, that now encompasses 10-years of SPOT-VEGETATION data and DMP is re-calculated based on new, validated fAPAR and improved, validated meteo data.
We apologize for any inconvenience that is caused by this interruption.
ALBE temporarily unavailable
The Albedo error products - ALBE - are temporarily unavailable as they are being moved to a new hard disk. They will be available again on Monday July 10th.
VGTExtract 1.3.3 released
A new version of VGTExtract, version 1.3.3, is available for download. The main changes include:
  • update of Envi output format, so it reads properly in GDAL, OpenEV and FWTools
  • fixed the bug that caused faulty North and East boundaries when manual geographic region settings are used
  • manual geographic region settings now allow finer control by using 10 decimal digits
  • popup menu to explore properties of products and datasets has been restored and improved
  • saving of changes to settings has been improved
  • switching between manual, pre-defined and map selected geographic region settings now works more intuitively
Feel free to download and enjoy this new version!
New VGTExtract release
Version 1.2, build 2 (or 1.2.2 in short) of the VGTExtract software is now available. The most important changes with respect to the previous release, 1.1.43, are:
  • 3 additional output formats: ILWIS (.mpr), IDRISI (.rst) and ArcInfo ASCIIGrid (.txt)
  • improved testing and use of scale, offset and no value flag parameters
  • fixed bugs in checks of processing settings
  • updated default data types for the solar/viewing angle datasets (full S10 products)
  • update of the VITO logo.
Website outages and product delays
Unfortunately, the website suffered from several outages recently. An update of the website code, performed earlier today, should help prevent future downtime.
The LAI, fCover and ALBEDO production has suffered some delays as well. We do our best to keep them to a minimum, but the cause is not always under our control. An example is the auxiliary meteo data for which we depend on NASA.
We do apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
Tim became father
Yesterday, January 29 2009, good news arrived in the VGT4Africa family. Tim Jacobs, project leader of VGT4Africa, became the proud father of his first son, named Thomas. Thomas, Mom and of course "Daddy Timmy" are all doing well. For the moms amongst us: Thomas is weighting 3,100kg and is 48cm long. For the dads amongst us: they serve real champaign at Tim's place! Congratulations to Tim and the whole family!
Happy New Year!
On behalf of VITO and the other project partners, I wish you all a Happy New Year!
LAI - FCOVER - Albedo
The LAI, FCOVER and Albedo products are now disseminated operationally at the usual 10-day interval. Please note that, in view of the file sizes, the LAI, FCOVER and Albedo data is spread accross multiple products (ZIP files):
  • LAI products contain LAI data and error budget;
  • FCOVER products contain FCOVER data and error budget;
  • BIOQ products contain quality information related to LAI and FCOVER;
  • BBDHRT, BBDHRV, BBDHRN contain the albedo data for total (300-3000nm) wavelength range, visible wavelength range and near-infrared wavelength range resp;
  • ALBE products contain the error budgets for BBDHRT, BBDHRN and BBDHRV data
  • ALBQ products contain quality information for the albedo data.
Website temporarily down
From tomorrow evening until Sunday evening, power maintenance here at VITO will cause the website to be offline. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
Website changes
As many of you have noticed, the website has undergone some small changes to make it more user-friendly. A few examples:
  • the Images entry in the Download menu on the left has been renamed to Products.
  • the Products entry was then moved to the top place in the Download menu.
  • the Files entry was renamed to Project Files to make it clearer that these files are downloadable for project partners only.
  • the labels and entries in the product search form have been improved, renaming for instance ROI to Geographic Region and All to either All Types or All Regions respectively.

If you find these changes confusing or if you have other suggestions / comments on the website, please do not hesitate to contact the help desk at info@vgt4africa.org.
Final report available
The final activity report of the VGT4Africa project is now available on the Documents page.
Data download problem
Yesterday, a problem that prevented the access of several products, including the PHENOKS data of 2007 and multiple BIOQ products, was discouvered and corrected. All products should now be accessible for download. If you are having trouble accessing the data, please do not hesitate to contact the help desk (see the "Contact us" page for the contact details of the help desk).
DMP and VPI products

The complete archive of DMP and VPI data has been reprocessed to fix the quality problem. The withdrawn products are now available again.
DMP and VPI products are now made available without further delays.
An improved version of DMP is expected for the end of this year or early next year.

SPOT-VEGETATION 10 year anniversary

This year, we celebrate 10 years of operational global vegetation monitoring by the SPOT-VEGETATION Programme (1998-2008).
If you're interested in attending the dedicated conference that will take place in Brussels, Belgium on December 9 and 10, 2008, then please visit the SPOT-VEGETATION web site.


The tests of the EUMETCast dissemination of the Phenology products were completed successfully, resulting in the operational dissemination of the Phenology data from March 1st 2008 onwards.

From today, the new LAI, FCOVER and Albedo products are processed operationally and are made available through this web site. Trials disseminations over EUMETCast are expected to start soon.

In addition to the 3 beforementioned withdrawn DMP and VPI products, the product from the 10-day period that starts on 2004-05-01 has now also been withdrawn due to poor quality. This product will also be reprocessed and replaced later on.

VGTExtract update

A new version of VGTExtract has been launched, called version 1.1.43.
The most important changes include:

  • addition of version numbering
  • support for the new Albedo and Biogeophysical (LAI and FCOVER) products
  • default output extension were improved: extension is now .img for Envi format output and .ida for WinDisp IDA format output
  • additional options for output file naming patterns, including 2- and 4-digit year, dekad number (01-36) and a custom, dataset specific code that can be entered in the Product Specific settings tab.

These changes simplify the integration with MARS-FOOD Application (MFA), requested by several users. The dataset specific custom codes are by default set to the values typically used in MFA. Integration can thus now be achieved by, for instance, simply using the output file name pattern vt%j%k%c%e.

SWB delayed delivery
The Small Water Body data of the last 10-day period of 2007 and the first of 2008 were delivered later than usual, due to a technical issue that has now been solved.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
Product updates
To allow for troublefree dissemination via EUMETCast and for easier downloads via the web site, the Phenology products are now split up into 3 parts:
  • PHENOKS, or Phenology Key Stages, products contain the start & end date of the last growing season and the season length.
  • PHENOMAX, or Phenology Max NDVI, products contain the date of the 10-day period when the maximum NDVI value was reached during the last season and that maximum NDVI value itself.
  • PHENOMON, or Phenology Monitoring data, useful for validating the other Phenological parameters, has been withdrawn and is currently under revision by the Joint Research Center (JRC).

Trial disseminations via EUMETCast of the PHENOKS and PHENOMAX products have started and should be finished soon.

As the Center for Processing of SPOT-VEGETATION data (CTIV), our primary data supplier of the satellite measurements, has recently finished recalibrating all the data from the 2nd VEGETATION instrument between the period Feb 2003 and June 2006, we will gradually be updating most of our products accordingly. DMPs and VPIs have been partially updated, but will be further improved in February. 3 decades of DMP and VPI have been withdrawn because of poor quality: 2004/06/01, 2004/06/11 and 2007/11/01. These 3 dekades will be restored in February as well.

CTIV has also corrected a geolocation accuracy issue with the data of October 2007. All VGT4Africa data have been updated accordingly.

Please see http://www.vgt.vito.be/news/news.html for the latest news from CTIV.

We apologize for the inconveniences that these updates may cause.
Best wishes
Best wishes for 2008! From the VGT4Africa partners VITO, JRC & MEDIAS-France
Update of legal informations
The Terms of Use and Privace Statements have been updated. Please make sure that you agree with the updated conditions before you use this website.
VGTExtract update
The new version of VGTExtract, available from this morning, contains the following changes and improvements:
  • a fix of the geolocation in GeoTiff outputs, which was off by 1 pixel;
  • a change of the photogrammetric interpretation Tiff tag, to avoid a bug in GDAL for GeoTiffs containing 32-bit integer values;
  • a thorough review of file closing in an attempt to fix a bug reported by one of our users;
  • Improved cleanup of temporary files, to prevent filling up the disk where VGTExtract is installed, which caused a somewhat misleading "not enough disk space" error. The related error message has also been revised.
  • a few cosmetic changes, like the renaming of the button "Add" to "New" and improved logging messages;
  • and, last but not least, the changes in predefined geographic regions, for consistency with the regions of the products available on the website and to make them fit better with country and region boundaries (see related Tech Note on the Documents page).
VGT2 problem
The 2nd VEGETATION instrument on board the Spot 5 satellite, was unavailable between 2007-09-06 13:16:52 UTC and 2007-09-12 00:16:37 UTC due to technical problems. Because of this the first dekad of September will only use 5.5 days of VGT2 data and the 2nd dekad 9 days (instead of 10). VGT1 was temporarily reprogrammed in case it had to serve as backup solution during a prolonged VGT2 unavailability, but has resumed its regular measurements over the Poles now.
ROI adjustments
In the next few days, 10 of the 71 predefined geographic regions (ROIs) will be adjusted to improve their consistency with country or regional boundaries. The affected ROIs are: Botswana, Comoros, Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Principe, Seychelles, Southern Africa, West Africa and CILSS.
The performed corrections are detailed in a technical note that you can download from the Documents page.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
DMP product correction
The DMP product of the 10-day period starting on 2007-07-21 (all ROIs) was incorrectly produced and transmitted via EUMETCast.
Today, this faulty data has been corrected and the updated DMP product can be downloaded from this website.

We apologize for this inconvenience.
VGTExtract update

In order to improve the error messages, to correct bugs in the code, to add a few libraries necessary for running the program on Linux platforms, and most importantly to add support for the new Phenology products, the VGTExtract was updated yesterday evening. So please download the latest version.

Phenology product

The Phenology products are now produced operationally. All products of 2007 will become gradually available via this website in the coming days.

The trial dissemination via EUMETCast of these new products has also started and will hopefully result in operational dissemination soon.

From next Wednesday, April 25th 2007, the Small Water Body (SWB) products are provided via EUMETCast at the foreseen 10-day intervals. The first SWB product will be distributed via EUMETCast in the first days of May.
DMP and VPI via EUMETCast
As of yesterday, March 28th 2007, the Dry Matter Productivity and Vegetation Productivity Indicator products are provided via EUMETCast at the foreseen 10-day intervals. Trial disseminations have started for the Small Water Body products as well.
Document update
The document that describes the configuration of the EUMETCast station for VGT4AFRICA data reception has been updated.
Small Water Body product

The Small Water Body product that contains data on the detection and seasonality of water bodies with a surface of at least 1 square kilometer, is now available for download.

Trial disseminations of these products via EUMETCast will start soon as well.

VGTExtract bugfix
A bug in VGTExtract that kept the application running in background after closing the main window has been fixed now. Please download the updated version of VGTExtract.
VGTExtract and XML update
The XML metadata has been updated for all NDWI, DMP and VPI products.
In addition, a new version of VGTExtract is available for download. This version not only supports the metadata change, but also includes:
  • a few bugfixes in the Envi output
  • additional checks on the validity of the entered processing parameters
  • and additional support for the WinDisp IDA output format.
The support for the IDA format makes it possible to use VGT4AFRICA data in WinDisp, a free tool for data analysis and visualisation available from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations this page.
Please note that WinDisp only supports 8-bit data, so all other data must be converted to 8-bit, using VGTExtract′s encoding parameters, in order to be usable in WinDisp.
Next Wednesday, January 16th, the website may be temporarily unavailable due to network maintenance. Sorry for any inconvenience.
NDWI update
The NDWI products have been updated to include the new ISO 19139 compliant XML metadata files. These XML files replace the older logical volume descriptor (LOG.TXT) files.
Last update: May 3, 2013

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