Data Set ID:

MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 5

The MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m (MOD10_L2) data set contains snow cover and Quality Assessment (QA) data, latitudes and longitudes in compressed Hierarchical Data Format-Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format, and corresponding metadata. Latitude and longitude geolocation fields are at 5 km resolution while all other fields are at 500 m resolution. Version 5 (V005), the latest version of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data available has two separate snow fields. The first field, snow cover, classifies each cloud-free land or inland water body pixel as snow-covered or snow-free, the second field, fractional snow cover, provides the percent of snow cover within each pixel for land and inland water bodies. 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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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Temporal Coverage:
  • 2000-02-24
to present
Temporal Resolution:
5 minute
Sensor(s): MODIS
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m x 500 m
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Cover > Fractional Snow Cover
  • Snow/Ice > Lake Ice
  • Snow/Ice > River Ice
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Cover
  • Snow/Ice
Data Format(s):
  • GeoTIFF
Data Contributor(s): Dorothy Hall, Vince Salomonson, George Riggs

We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation. For more information, see Use and Copyright.

Hall, D. K., G. A. Riggs, and V. V. Salomonson. 2006. MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 5. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center.

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City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA