Global Land Cover Characterization
Global Land Cover Characteristics Database FAQ's
The land cover data are provided in a generic image array format (flat, headerless, binary raster data) to maximize the flexibility for importing into a variety of software systems. We do not provide the software necessary to view or analyze these data. There are many geographic information system and image processing packages available, and they commonly include modules to import generic raster data. To import, the user commonly needs to identify the size of the raster array (that is, number of lines or rows and number of samples or columns). That information is found in the documentation. If you are interested in color graphics created from the land cover data base, a number of GIF and JPG files are available on Download Graphics page.
If you are having problems viewing or importing the 1-km DEM imagery, some of the answers might be found in the Global 30 Arc Second Elevation Data Set readme.
The procedure for importing these raster image files into ArcInfo is as follows 1:
1 This is not an endorsement of the ArcInfo software.