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Data Set ID: 
MYD10_L2

MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 6

This data set reports the location of snow cover based on the Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) and a series of screens designed to alleviate errors and flag uncertain snow cover detections. The NDSI is derived from radiance data acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Aqua satellite.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Changes for Version 6 include:

  • Fractional Snow Cover has been replaced by Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) snow cover. Fractional Snow Cover is no longer calculated;
  • The binary Snow-Covered Area (SCA) map has been discontinued;
  • Aqua MODIS band 6 data have been restored to scientific quality using a Quantitative Image Restoration (QIR) technique. The snow detection algorithms are now the same for Aqua and Terra;
  • Data screens designed to reduce snow detection errors have been revised and several new screens have been added;
  • Data screen results, including snow detection reversals and detections with increased uncertainty, are provided in a new QA bit flag;
  • Basic pixel-level QA uses new criteria to indicate the overall quality of algorithm result.

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Parameter(s):
  • SNOW/ICE > SNOW COVER
Data Format(s):
  • HDF-EOS
Spatial Coverage:
N: 90, 
S: -90, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):AQUA
Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m x 500 m
Sensor(s):MODIS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 4 July 2002
Version(s):V6
Temporal Resolution5 minuteMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Hall, D. K. and G. A. Riggs.

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As a condition of using these 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. and G. A. Riggs. 2016. MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 6. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MYD10_L2.006. [Date Accessed].

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