• MODIS Collection 6.1 has been fully reprocessed and temporal coverage is now complete. 

MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 6 (MOD10C1)
Data set:
MOD10C1
There is a more recent version of these data.
Version Summary
Changes for Version 6 include:

  • Fractional Snow Cover (FSC) previously used as input to this data set has been replaced by Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) snow cover;

  • The Day_CMG_Confidence_Index variable has been replaced with Day_CMG_Clear_Index.

Overview

This data set reports the percentage of snow-covered land in 0.05° (approx. 5 km) resolution Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) cells. Percentages are computed from snow cover observations in the MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid (MOD10A1) data set. Cloud cover percentages are also provided.
Parameter(s):
SNOW COVER
Platform(s):
TERRA
Sensor(s):
MODIS
Data Format(s):
HDF-EOS2
Temporal Coverage:
24 February 2000 to present
Temporal Resolution:
1 day
Spatial Resolution:
0.05 Deg
0.05 Deg
Spatial Coverage:
N:
90
S:
-90
E:
180
W:
-180

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Help Articles

Getting started

For the snow cover and sea ice products, users can use MODIS Collections 6 and 6.1 together.
The lag time between observations and availability of MODIS products is only a few days. Lag time may be extended due to satellite maneuvers and extra quality assurance required for the geolocation data after the maneuver.
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The Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) snow cover is an index that is related to the presence of snow in a pixel and is a more accurate description of snow detection as compared to Fractional Snow Cover (FSC). Snow typically has very high visible (VIS) reflectance and very low reflectance in

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