MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500, 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.
Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from 24 February 2000 to present via FTP. Data can also be obtained in GeoTIFF format by ordering the data through the Data Pool.
The following example shows how to cite the use of this data set in a publication. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.
Hall, D. K., G. A. Riggs, and V. V. Salomonson. 2006. MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500. Version 5. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.