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Long Time Series Nighttime Light Dataset of China (2000-2020)

ZHONG Xiaoya1,2YAN Qingwu*1,3LI Guie1,3
1 Observation and Research Station of Ministry of Education for Resource Exhausted Mining Area Land Restoration and Ecological Succession,China University of Mining and Technology,Xuzhou 221116,China2 School of Environment and Spatial Informatics,China University of Mining and Technology,Xuzhou 221116,China3 School of Public Policy and Management School of Emergency Management,China University of Mining and Technology,Xuzhou 221116,China


Published:Jun. 2022

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Key Words:

DMSP/OLS; NPP/VIIRS; nighttime light remote sensing


Nighttime light image data reflects the brightness of surface light at night and represent the intensity of human activity. Long time series of nighttime light data provides important reference for the urban development. Based on Version 4 Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS) nighttime light data and Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (NPP-VIIRS) nighttime light data, the authors developed a long time series nighttime light dataset of China (2000-2020) using data pretreatment, data correction and data fusion from annually DMSP-OLS (2000-2013) nighttime light data and monthly NPP-VIIRS (April 2012-December 2020) nighttime light data. The dataset consists of four parts: 1) revised EANTLI dataset from 2000 to 2013; 2) processed monthly NPP-VIIRS nighttime light data from April 2012 to December 2020; 3) annual NPP-VIIRS nighttime light data from 2012 to 2020; 4) annual EANTLI-Like nighttime light data from 2000 to 2020. The spatial resolution of monthly and annual NPP-VIIRS nighttime light data is 500 m, and others data is 1 km. The dataset is archived in .tif data format, and consists of 750 data files with data size of 2.21 GB (Compressed into 1.71 GB in 6 files).

Foundation Item:

Ministry of Education of P.R. China (2021ZDPY0205); Ministry of Science and Technology of P.R. China (2014FY110800); National Natural Science Foundation of China (42101459);

Data Citation:

ZHONG Xiaoya, YAN Qingwu*, LI Guie. Long Time Series Nighttime Light Dataset of China (2000-2020)[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2022.


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Data Product:

ID Data Name Data Size Operation
1 EANTLI_2000-2013.rar 125990.92KB
2 EANTLI_Like_2000-2020.rar 225145.47KB
3 NPP_VIIRS_2012-2020.rar 124308.42KB
4 NPP_VIIRS_201204-201412.rar 393536.34KB
5 NPP_VIIRS_201501-201712.rar 448232.84KB
6 NPP_VIIRS_201801-202012.rar 484204.03KB