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Consistency of two global MODIS aerosol products over ocean on Terra and Aqua CERES SSF datasets
Author(s): Alexander Ignatov; Patrick Minnis; Bruce Wielicki; Norman G. Loeb; Lorraine A. Remer; Yoram J. Kaufman; Walter F. Miller; Sunny Sun-Mack; Istvan Laszlo; Erika B. Geier
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Paper Abstract

MODIS aerosol retrievals over ocean from Terra and Aqua platforms are available from the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) Single Scanner Footprint (SSF) datasets generated at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). Two aerosol products are reported side by side. The primary M product is generated by subsetting and remapping the multi-spectral (0.44 - 2.1 μm) MOD04 aerosols onto CERES footprints. MOD04 processing uses cloud screening and aerosol algorithms developed by the MODIS science team. The secondary (AVHRR-like) A product is generated in only two MODIS bands: 1 and 6 on Terra, and ` and 7 on Aqua. The A processing uses NASA/LaRC cloud-screening and NOAA/NESDIS single channel aerosol algorthm. The M and A products have been documented elsewhere and preliminarily compared using two weeks of global Terra CERES SSF (Edition 1A) data in December 2000 and June 2001. In this study, the M and A aerosol optical depths (AOD) in MODIS band 1 and (0.64 μm), τ1M and τ1A, are further checked for cross-platform consistency using 9 days of global Terra CERES SSF (Edition 2A) and Aqua CERES SSF (Edition 1A) data from 13 - 21 October 2002.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5652, Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds IV, (30 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.577927
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander Ignatov, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Patrick Minnis, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Bruce Wielicki, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Norman G. Loeb, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Hampton Univ. (United States)
Lorraine A. Remer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Yoram J. Kaufman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Walter F. Miller, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Sunny Sun-Mack, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Istvan Laszlo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Erika B. Geier, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5652:
Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds IV
Si Chee Tsay; Tatsuya Yokota; Myoung-Hwan Ahn, Editor(s)

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