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Global Monthly Mean Leaf Area Index Climatology, 1981-2015

This dataset provides a global 0.25 degree x 0.25 degree gridded monthly mean leaf area index (LAI) climatology as averaged over the period from August 1981 to August 2015. The data were derived from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Global Inventory Modeling and Mapping Studies (GIMMS) LAI3g version 2, a bi-weekly data product from 1981 to 2015 (GIMMS-LAI3g version 2). The LAI3g version 2 (raw) data were first regridded from 1/12 x 1/12 degree to 0.25 x 0.25 degree resolution, then processed to remove missing and unreasonable values, scaled to obtain LAI values, and the bi-weekly LAI values were averaged for every month. Finally, the monthly long-term mean LAI (1981-2015) was calculated.

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