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Standard data products from the MODIS science team
Author(s): Laurence Fisthtahler
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Paper Abstract

The moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument will view the Earth in 36 spectral bands ranging from 0.4 to 1.4 micrometers with spatial resolution from 250 to 1,000 meters. Its first flight will be onboard the EOS- AM1 spacecraft scheduled for launch in mid '98 into a near- polar 10:30 AM descending sun-synchronous orbit. In this orbit MODIS will provide global coverage every two days. Science instrument data will be brought to Goddard Space Flight Center for conversion from raw counts to TOA radiances supplemented with geolocation, view angle, and sun angle information. The MODIS science team consists of twenty six members, divided into four discipline groups: atmosphere, land, ocean, and calibration. The MODIS science team is developing algorithms to routinely produce the following standard data products: cloud mask, aerosol concentration and optical properties, cloud properties, vegetation and land-surface cover (including surface reflectance, vegetation indices, land cover type, FPAR/LAI, and net productivity), snow and sea-ice cover and reflectance, land and ocean surface temperature, ocean color, chlorophyll-a concentration and chlorophyll florescence. This paper gives an overview of these products, and identifies information resources associated with the MODIS standard data products.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1996
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2820, Earth Observing System, (11 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258104
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Laurence Fisthtahler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2820:
Earth Observing System
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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