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MODIS/Aqua Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 61
Data set id:
MYD10_L2
DOI: 10.5067/MODIS/MYD10_L2.061
This is the most recent version of these data.
Version Summary
The low visible reflectance screen for snow cover using bands 2 and 4 was lowered from 0.10 to 0.07 and cloud mask algorithm flags are set for 'probably cloudy' and 'probably clear' sky conditions.

Overview

This global Level-2 (L2) data set provides daily snow cover detected using 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: DOI:10.5067/MODIS/MYD02HKM.061 and DOI:10.5067/MODIS/MYD021KM.061. Each data granule contains 5 minutes of swath data observed at a resolution of 500 m. The terms "Version 61" and "Collection 6.1" are used interchangeably in reference to this release of MODIS data.
Parameter(s):
SNOW COVER
Platform(s):
Aqua
Sensor(s):
MODIS
Data Format(s):
HDF-EOS2
Temporal Coverage:
4 July 2002 to present
Temporal Resolution:
  • 5 minute
Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m
  • 500 m
Spatial Coverage:
N:
90
S:
-90
E:
180
W:
-180
Blue outlined yellow areas on the map below indicate the spatial coverage for this data set.

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