Entry_ID: MOD10A2
Entry_Title: MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid
Group: Data_Set_Citation
   Dataset_Creator: Hall, D. K., V. V. Salomonson, and G. A. Riggs. 
   Dataset_Title: MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid
   Dataset_Release_Date: 2006-12-18
   Dataset_Release_Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
   Dataset_Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Version: 5
   Online_Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/mod10a2.html
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Dorothy
   Middle_Name: K.
   Last_Name: Hall
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
      Address: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
      Address: Mail stop 614.1
      City: Greenbelt
      Province_or_State: MD
      Postal_Code: 20771
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Vince
   Middle_Name: V.
   Last_Name: Salomonson
   Email: vincent.salomonson@utah.edu
   Phone: 1 801 585-9492 
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: University of Utah
      Address: Department of Meteorology
      Address: University of Utah
      Address: Department of Meteorology
      Address: 135 S 1460 E, Rm 809
      City: Salt Lake City
      Province_or_State: UT
      Postal_Code: 84112
      Country: US
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: George
   Middle_Name: A.
   Last_Name: Riggs
   Email: George.A.Riggs@nasa.gov
   Phone: 1 301 614-5650 
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
      Address: Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
      Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
      Address: Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
      Address: Code 614.1
      City: Greenbelt
      Province_or_State: MD
      Postal_Code: 20771
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Technical Contact
   First_Name: NSIDC
   Last_Name: User Services
   Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
   Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
   Fax: 1 303  492-2468 x
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
      Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
      Address: University of Colorado
      City: Boulder
      Province_or_State: CO
      Postal_Code: 80309-0449
      Country: USA
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Cryosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Lake Ice
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Cryosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Snow Cover
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Terrestrial Hydrosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Lake Ice
End_Group
Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Terrestrial Hydrosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Snow Cover
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ISO_Topic_Category: Imagery/Base Maps/Earth Cover
Keyword: Antarctic
Keyword: Arctic
Keyword: Climatology
Keyword: DAAC
Keyword: ECS
Keyword: EOSDIS
Keyword: Global Change
Keyword: Gridded
Keyword: Integerized Sinusoidal Grid
Keyword: Lake Ice
Keyword: NASA
Keyword: NSIDC
Keyword: Polar
Keyword: Remote Sensing
Keyword: Sinusoidal Grid
Keyword: Snow
Keyword: Snow Cover
Keyword: Snow On Ice
Sensor_Name: MODIS > Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
Sensor_Name: SPECTRORADIOMETERS
Source_Name: TERRA > Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)
Group: Temporal_Coverage
   Start_Date: 2000-02-24
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Data_Set_Progress: in work
Group: Spatial_Coverage
   Southernmost_Latitude: -90
   Northernmost_Latitude: 90
   Westernmost_Longitude: -180
   Easternmost_Longitude: 180
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Group: Location
   Location_Category: GEOGRAPHIC REGION
   Location_Type: GLOBAL LAND
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Group: Data_Resolution
   Latitude_Resolution: 500 m
   Longitude_Resolution: 500 m
   Temporal_Resolution: 8 days
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Project: EOSDIS > Earth Observing System Data Information System
Project: ESIP > Earth Science Information Partners Program
Group: Quality

   Quality indicators for MODIS snow data can be found in the following places:

    * AutomaticQualityFlag and the ScienceQualityFlag metadata objects and their 
   corresponding explanations: AutomaticQualityFlagExplanation and 
   ScienceQualityFlagExplanation located in the CoreMetadata.0 global attributes  
   * Custom local attributes associated with each Scientific Data Set, for 
   example, Maximum Snow Extent.

   These quality indicators are generated during production or in post-production 
   scientific and quality checks of the data product. For more information on 
   local and global attributes, go to one of the following documents:

       * MOD10A2 and MYD10A2 Local Snow Cover Attributes, Version 5 * MOD10A2 and 
   MYD10A2 Global Snow Cover Attributes, Version 5

   The AutomaticQualityFlag is automatically set according to conditions for 
   meeting data criteria in the snow mapping algorithm. In most cases, the flag 
   is set to either Passed or Suspect, and in rare instances it may be set to 
   Failed. Suspect means that a significant percentage of the data were anomalous 
   and that further analysis should be done to determine the source of anomalies. 
   The AutomaticQualityFlagExplanation contains a brief message explaining the 
   reason for the setting of the AutomaticQualityFlag. The ScienceQualityFlag and 
   the ScienceQualityFlagExplanation are set after production, either after an 
   automated QA program is run or after the data product is inspected by a 
   qualified snow scientist. Content and explanation of this flag are dynamic so 
   it should always be examined if present.

   The algorithm tests for a variety of anomalous conditions and sets the pixel 
   value accordingly if such conditions are detected. Summary statistics about 
   missing data, the percent cloud cover, the percent of good or other quality 
   data, and snow cover percent are calculated and placed in the metadata for 
   each product.

   The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: MODIS Land Quality Assessment Web site 
   provides updated quality information for each product.

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Data_Set_Language: English
Group: Data_Center
   Data_Center_Name: NASA DAAC > NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Data_Center_URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html
   Group: Personnel
      Role: Data Center Contact
      First_Name: NSIDC
      Last_Name: User Services
      Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
      Phone: 1 303 492-6199 
      Fax: 1 303  492-2468 
      Group: Contact_Address
         Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
         Address: University of Colorado
         City: Boulder
         Province_or_State: CO
         Postal_Code: 80309-0449
         Country: USA
      End_Group
   End_Group
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Group: Data_Center
   Data_Center_Name: NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Data_Center_URL: http://nsidc.org
   Group: Personnel
      Role: Data Center Contact
      First_Name: NSIDC
      Last_Name: User Services
      Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
      Phone: 1 303 492-6199 
      Fax: 1 303  492-2468 
      Group: Contact_Address
         Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
         Address: University of Colorado
         City: Boulder
         Province_or_State: CO
         Postal_Code: 80309-0449
         Country: USA
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Group: Distribution
   Distribution_Media: FTP
   Distribution_Size: 0.05 - 3 MB
   Distribution_Format: HDF-EOS
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Group: Distribution
   Distribution_Media: FTP
   Distribution_Size: 0.05 - 3 MB
   Distribution_Format: Geographic Tagged Image File Format (GeoTIFF) (.geotiff)
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Group: Reference

   Diner, D. J., J. V. Martonchik, C. Borel, S. A. W. Gerstl, H. R. Gordon, Y. 
   Knyazikhin, R. Myneni, B. Pinty, and M. M. Verstraete. 1999. MISR Level-2 
   Surface Retrieval Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document. Pasadena, CA: Jet 
   Propulsion Laboratory.

   
Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS). 1996. EOS Ground System 
   (EGS) Systems and Operations Concept. Greenbelt, MD: Goddard Space Flight 
   Center.

   
Hall, Dorothy K., George A. Riggs, and Vincent V. Salomonson. September 
   2001a. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for the MODIS Snow-, Lake 
   Ice- and Sea Ice-Mapping Algorithms. Greenbelt, MD: Goddard Space Flight 
   Center. 

   
Hall, Dorothy K. and J. Martinec. 1985. Remote Sensing of Ice and Snow. 
   London: Chapman and Hall.

   
Hall, Dorothy K., J. L. Foster, D. L. Verbyla, A. G. Klein, and C. S. Benson. 
   1998. Assessment of Snow Cover Mapping Accuracy in a Variety of Vegetation 
   Cover Densities in Central Alaska. Remote Sensing of the Environment 66:129-137.

   
Hall, Dorothy K., J. L. Foster, Vincent V. Salomonson, A. G. Klein, and J. Y. 
   L. Chien. 2001b. Development of a Technique to Assess Snow-Cover Mapping 
   Accuracy From Space. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 
   39(2):232-238.

   
Hall, Dorothy K. and George A. Riggs. 2006. Assessment of Errors in the MODIS 
   Suite of Snow-Cover Products. Hydrological Processes, in press.

   
Hapke, B. 1993. Theory of Reflectance and Emittance Spectroscopy. Cambridge: 
   Cambridge University Press.

   
Klein, A. MODIS Snow Albedo Prototype. 2003.

   
Klein, A. G. and Julienne Stroeve. 2002. Development and Validation of a Snow 
   Albedo Algorithm for the MODIS Instrument. Annals of Glaciology 34:45-52. 
   Klein, A. G., Dorothy K. Hall, and George A. Riggs. 1998. Improving Snow-Cover 
   Mapping in Forests Through the Use of a Canopy Reflectance Model. Hydrologic 
   Processes 12(10-11):1723-1744.

   
Markham, B. L. and J. L. Barker. 1986. Landsat MSS and TM Post-Calibration 
   Dynamic Ranges, Exoatmospheric Reflectances and At-Satellite Temperatures. 
   EOSAT Technical Notes 1:3-8.

   
MODIS Characterization Support Team (MCST). 2000. MODIS Level-1B Product 
   User's Guide for Level-1B Version 2.3.x Release 2. MCST Document 
   #MCM-PUG-01-U-DNCN.

   
Pearson II, F. 1990. Map Projections: Theory and Applications. Boca Raton, 
   FL. CRC Press, Inc.

   
Riggs, George A., Dorothy K. Hall, and Vincent V. Salomonson. January 2006. 
   MODIS Snow Products User Guide for Collection 4 Data Products.

   
United States Geological Survey. 'Sinusoidal Equal Area.' Map Projections. 
   2003. http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/MapProjections/projections.html#sinusoidal 
    Wiscombe, W. J. and S. G. Warren. 1980. A Model for the Spectral Albedo of 
   Snow I: Pure Snow. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 37:2712-2733.

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Group: Summary

   The MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid (MOD10A2) data set 
   contains data fields for maximum snow cover extent over an eight-day 
   compositing period and a chronology of snow occurrence observations in 
   compressed Hierarchical Data Format-Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format, 
   along with corresponding metadata. MOD10A2 consists of 1200 km by 1200 km 
   tiles of 500 m resolution data gridded in a sinusoidal map projection. The 
   Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) snow cover data are 
   based on a snow mapping algorithm that employs a Normalized Difference Snow 
   Index (NDSI) and other criteria tests.

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Group: Related_URL
   Group: URL_Content_Type
      Type: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
   End_Group
   URL: http://nsidc.org/data/modis/
   Description: MODIS Data at NSIDC
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Metadata_Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata_Version: 9.7
DIF_Creation_Date: 2006-12-18
Last_DIF_Revision_Date: 2013-11-14
DIF_Revision_History: Removed data disruption notice.