Data Set ID:

MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5

The MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid (MOD10A1) contains snow cover, snow albedo, fractional snow cover, and Quality Assessment (QA) data in compressed Hierarchical Data Format-Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format along with corresponding metadata. MOD10A1 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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Data Set Tabs

Temporal Coverage:
  • 2000-02-24
to present
Temporal Resolution:
1 day
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m x 500 m
  • Snow/Ice > Albedo
  • Snow/Ice > Lake Ice
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Cover
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., V. V. Salomonson, and G. A. Riggs. 2006. MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center.

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