Data Sets

The following tables list MODIS snow and sea ice data sets available from NSIDC, plus some related data sets that may interest MODIS data users. All MODIS snow and sea ice data sets provide global coverage. Temporal coverage depends on the satellite:

Temporal Coverage

  • Terra: 24 February, 2000 - present
  • Aqua: 04 July, 2002 - present

Reprocessing to Version 6 is complete for all MODIS snow cover and sea ice data sets. Forward-processing will continue for all products in both Version 6 and Version 5 through the end of 2016; however, Version 5 forward-processing will be discontinued on 31 December, 2016. Questions? Contact NSIDC User Services.
NSIDC has determined that the browse images for all the MODIS Version 6 data sets contain errors. The science granules are unaffected. We have removed the browse images until the data provider corrects the problem and resends new files. While we are currently unable to estimate when the reprocessing will be complete, NSIDC will make the new images available as soon as they are delivered. In the meantime, high resolution browse data are available for MOD10_L2/MYD10_L2 and MOD29/MYD29 through the NASA's new Earthdata Search.

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Snow Cover

The following Version 6 snow cover data sets are currently available at NSIDC. This table will be updated as new data sets are released. NSIDC will continue to distribute Version 5 until Version 6 reprocessing is complete.

ID Version Title Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Parameters
MYD10_L2 6 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 6 500 m 5 minute Snow Cover
MOD10_L2 6 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 6 500 m 5 minute Snow Cover
MYD10A1 6 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 6 500 m 1 day Albedo, Snow Cover
MOD10A1 6 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 6 500 m 1 day Albedo, Snow Cover
MYD10C1 6 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 0.05 Deg 1 day Snow Cover
MOD10C1 6 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 0.05 Deg 1 day Snow Cover
MYD10A2 6 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 6 500 m 8 day Snow Extent
MOD10A2 6 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 6 500 m 8 day Snow Extent
MYD10C2 6 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 0.05 deg 8 day Snow Extent
MOD10C2 6 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 0.05 deg 8 day Snow Extent
MYD10CM 6 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 0.05 deg 1 month Snow Cover
MOD10CM 6 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 0.05 deg 1 month Snow Cover

Version 5 has been replaced by Version 6. Forward processing for Version 5 will be discontinued on 31 December 2016.

ID Version Title Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Parameters
MYD10_L2 5 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 5 500 m 5 minute Fractional Snow Cover, Snow Cover
MOD10_L2 5 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 5 500 m 5 minute Fractional Snow Cover, Snow Cover
MYD10A1 5 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5 500 m 1 day Albedo, Snow Cover
MOD10A1 5 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5 500 m 1 day Albedo, Snow Cover
MYD10C1 5 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5 0.05 deg 1 day Snow Cover
MOD10C1 5 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5 0.05 deg 1 day Snow Cover
MYD10A2 5 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5 500 m 8 day Snow Cover
MOD10A2 5 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5 500 m 8 day Snow Cover
MYD10C2 5 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5 0.05 deg 8 day Snow Cover
MOD10C2 5 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5 0.05 deg 8 day Snow Cover
MYD10CM 5 MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5 0.05 deg 1 month Snow Cover
MOD10CM 5 MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5 0.05 deg 1 month Snow Cover

Sea Ice

The following table lists the Version 6 MODIS sea ice data sets available at NSIDC.

ID Version Title Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Parameters
MYD29 6 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent 5-Min L2 Swath 1km, Version 6 1 km 5 minute Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MOD29 6 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent 5-Min L2 Swath 1km, Version 6 1 km 5 minute Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MYD29P1D 6 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Day, Version 6 1 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MOD29P1D 6 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Day, Version 6 1 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MYD29P1N 6 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Night, Version 6 1 km 1 day Ice Temperature
MOD29P1N 6 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Night, Version 6 1 km 1 day Ice Temperature
MYD29E1D 6 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent and IST Daily L3 Global 4km EASE-Grid Day, Version 6 4 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MOD29E1D 6 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent and IST Daily L3 Global 4km EASE-Grid Day, Version 6 4 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature

Version 5 has been replaced by Version 6. Forward processing for Version 5 will be discontinued on 31 December 2016.

ID Version Title Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Parameters
MYD29 5 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent 5-Min L2 Swath 1km, Version 5 1 km 5 minute Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MOD29 5 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent 5-Min L2 Swath 1km, Version 5 1 km 5 minute Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MYD29P1D 5 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Day, Version 5 1 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MOD29P1D 5 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Day, Version 5 1 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MYD29P1N 5 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Night, Version 5 1 km 1 day Ice Temperature
MOD29P1N 5 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Night, Version 5 1 km 1 day Ice Temperature
MYD29E1D 5 MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent and IST Daily L3 Global 4km EASE-Grid Day, Version 5 4 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature
MOD29E1D 5 MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent and IST Daily L3 Global 4km EASE-Grid Day, Version 5 4 km 1 day Ice Extent, Ice Temperature

Related Data Sets

ID Title Spatial Coverage Spatial Resolution Temporal Coverage Temporal Resolution Parameters
NSIDC-0593 MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica 2008-2009 (MOA2009) Image Map, Version 1 N: -60, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180 250 m 2008/11/01 to 2008/12/16
2008/11/01 to 2009/02/28
Snow Grain Size, Surface Morphology
NSIDC-0321 Global EASE-Grid 8-day Blended SSM/I and MODIS Snow Cover, Version 1 N: 0, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180
N: 90, S: 0, E: 180, W: -180
25 km 2000/03/05 to 2008/02/01 8 day Snow Cover, Snow Water Equivalent
NSIDC-0447 Canadian Meteorological Centre (CMC) Daily Snow Depth Analysis Data, Version 1 N: 90, S: 0, E: 180, W: -180 24 km 1998/08/01 to 2015/12/31 1 day Snow Depth, Snow Water Equivalent