NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NSIDC


Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer


Below are various tools that can be used with MODIS data. Some were created by NSIDC and some were created by other sources. NSIDC only supports and maintains the tools that reside in subdirectories of the domain.


  • MS2GT: The MODIS Swath-to-Grid Toolbox
    The MODIS Swath-to-Grid Toolbox (MS2GT) is a set of software tools that reads HDF-EOS files containing MODIS swath data and produces flat binary files containing gridded data in a variety of map projections. MS2GT can produce a seamless output grid from multiple input files corresponding to successively acquired, 5-minute MODIS scenes.

  • MIST
    The MODIS Interactive Subsetting Tool (MIST) provides subsets of certain Version 5 MODIS products, over the Greenland Climate Network (GC-Net) and the International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA) stations.

  • Hierarchical Data Format - Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS)
    Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) is the standard data format for all NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) data products. HDF is a multi-object file format developed by The HDF Group. NSIDC created this site to answer common questions about HDF-EOS and to provide simple methods for working with the HDF-EOS format; however, NSIDC does not maintian the HDF Group libraries.

Tools from Other Sources [top]

Note: NSIDC does not support or maintain tools that were created by other sources.

  • HEG HDF-EOS to GeoTIFF Conversion Tool
    This free tool converts many types of HDF-EOS data to GeoTIFF, native binary, or HDF-EOS grid format. It also has reprojection, resampling, subsetting, stitching (mosaicing), and metadata preservation and creation capabilities.

  • NCSA HDFView
    The HDFView is a visual tool for browsing and editing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) HDF4 and HDF5 files. Using HDFView, you can view a file hierarchy in a tree structure, create a new file, add or delete groups and datasets, view and modify the content of a dataset, add, delete, and modify attributes, and replace I/O and GUI components such as table view, image view, and metadata view.

  • The MODIS Conversion Toolkit (MCTK)
    A free plugin for ENVI that can ingest, process, and georeference every known MODIS data product using either a graphical widget interface or a batch programmatic interface. This includes MODIS products distributed with EASE-Grid projections.

  • MODIS Swath Reprojection Tool (MRT Swath)
    MRT Swath is a software tool that reads HDF-EOS files containing MODIS swath data and produces native binary HDF-EOS Grid or GeoTIFF files of gridded data in different map projections.

  • MODIS Reprojection Tool (MRT)
    MRT is a software tool that re-projects MODIS Level-2G, Level-3, and Level-4 land data products. The MRT currently supports MODIS land products in the Integerized Sinusoidal and Sinusoidal projections.