Data Set ID:

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

The MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m (MYD10_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

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m x 500 m
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-07-04
Temporal Resolution:
5 minute
  • Snow/Ice > Lake Ice > Fractional Snow Cover
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Cover > Fractional Snow Cover
  • Snow/Ice > Lake Ice
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Cover
Data Format(s):
  • GeoTIFF
Data Contributor(s): Dorothy Hall, Vince Salomonson, George Riggs

Data Citation

As a condition of using this data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Hall, D. K., V. V. Salomonson, and G. A. Riggs. 2006. MODIS/Aqua 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. [Date Accessed].

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