MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid, Version 5
The MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid (MYD10A2) data set contains data fields for maximum snow cover extent over an eight-day compositing period and a chronology of snow occurrence observations in compressed Hierarchical Data Format-Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format, along with corresponding metadata. MOD10A2 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.
Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from 04 July 2002 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., V. V. Salomonson, and G. A. Riggs. 2006. MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 8-Day L3 Global 500m Grid. Version 5. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.