NASA Land Information System (LIS)
Entry ID: NASA_LIS
Abstract: The Land Information System (LIS) is a flexible land surface modeling and data assimilation framework developed with the goal of integrating satellite- and ground-based observational data products and advanced land surface modeling techniques to produce optimal fields of land surface states and fluxes. The LIS infrastructure provides the modeling tools to integrate these observations with the ... model forecasts to generate improved estimates of land surface conditions such as soil moisture, evaporation, snow pack, and runoff, at 1km and finer spatial resolutions and at one-hour and finer temporal resolutions.
The fine scale spatial modeling capability of LIS allows it take advantage of Earth Observing System (EOS)-era observations, such as Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) leaf area index, snow cover, and surface temperature, at their full native resolution. LIS features a high performance and flexible design, provides infrastructure for data integration and assimilation, and operates on an ensemble of land surface models for extension over user-specified regional or global domains. LIS is designed using advanced software engineering principles to enable the reuse and community sharing of modeling tools, data resources, and assimilation algorithms.
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Access Constraints Users must register to download data and source code.
Use Constraints If you download and use LIS source code or data, please cite the following
Peters-Lidard, C. D., S. Kumar, Y. Tian, J. L. Eastman, and P. Houser, 2004.
Global Urban-Scale Land-Atmosphere Modeling with the Land Information System,
Symposium on Planning, Nowcasting, and Forecasting in the Urban Zone, 84th AMS
Annual ... Meeting 11-15 January 2004 Seattle, WA, USA.
The LIS source code and documentation are in the public domain, available
without fee for educational, research, non-commercial and commercial purposes.
Users may distribute the binary or source code to third parties provided that
this statement appears on all copies and that no charge is made for such
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ANY PURPOSE. IT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY.
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We ask, but do not require the following regarding derived works for the public
1. That a message be included acknowledging the LIS development team at NASA
2. That modifications which may be considered generally useful, be forwarded so
that they might be incorporated into future releases of LIS.
Regarding the commercial use of LIS, be aware that LIS does integrate software
from several sources which may include embedded copyright notices and which may
have some limitations with respect to commercial sales. Anyone considering
modifying and selling LIS should read all the embedded copyright and copying
notices and proceed at their own risk.
By copying this software, you, the user, agree to abide by the conditions and
understandings with respect to any software which is marked with a public
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contractors, subcontractors, grantees and other affiliates, shall neither be
liable nor responsible for any maintenance or updating of LIS data and related
software, or for correction of any errors in the LIS data and related software.
The LIS data and related software is provided "as is" without any warranty of
any kind, either expressed or implied, or statutory, including, but not limited
to, any warranty that the LIS data and related software will conform to
specifications, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a
particular purpose, and freedom from infringement, and any warranty that the
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warranty that the LIS data and related software will be error free. This
agreement does not, in any manner, constitute an endorsement by NASA of any
test results, resulting designs, hardware, or other matters resulting from use
of the LIS data and related software. The User shall not file any claim
against the United States or developers of the LIS data and related software
for any matter concerning the LIS data and related software, performance of,
failure to perform, breach or other matter related to this agreement. The
User's sole remedy for any such matter shall be the immediate, unilateral
termination of this agreement. The United States and the developers of the LIS
data and related software shall not be liable for any damage or injury suffered
by the User or its representatives, regardless of cause, and the User hereby
expressly waives any rights it might otherwise have under the Federal Tort
Claims Act or any other authority, in consideration for NASA's agreement to
provide the LIS data and related software under this agreement. User, under
this section, includes any further user to which the User provides the LIS data
and related software and/or works based upon the LIS data and related software.
The User shall indemnify and hold harmless the United States and the developers
of the LIS data and related software from any third party liability arising
under the Federal Tort Claims Act or any other authority, out of the LIS data
and related software, or out of performance of, or failure to perform, any
aspect of this agreement, whether or not caused by the negligence, gross
negligence or willful misconduct of employees of the United States or the
developers of the LIS data and related software. User, under this section,
includes any further user to which the User provides the LIS data and related
software and/or works based upon the LIS data and related software.
This agreement shall be subject to United States federal law only, for all
purposes, including, but not limited to, determining the validity of this
agreement, the meaning of its provisions, and the rights, obligations and
remedies of the parties.
This agreement constitutes the entire understanding and agreement between the
parties hereto relating to the use of the LIS data and related software and may
not be superseded, modified or amended, except by further written agreement
duly executed by the parties.
LIS Sample Data Distribution Policy
LIS provides a collection of sample data for demonstration of LIS code. The
original source of each dataset is given whenever possible. LIS does not
endorse the validity, completeness, or usefulness of the datasets. Users are
strongly recommended to compile and validate their own datasets based on their
scientific goals. LIS has the built-in flexibility for users to easily
incorporate their own datasets. Please consult LIS User's Guide and Developer's
Guide distributed with LIS source code for details.
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