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Level 1 Processing of MODIS Direct Broadcast Data From TerraIn February 2000, an effort was begun to adapt the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Level 1 production software to process direct broadcast data. Three Level 1 algorithms have been adapted and packaged for release: Level 1A converts raw (level 0) data into Hierarchical Data Format (HDF), unpacking packets into scans; Geolocation computes geographic information for the data points in the Level 1A; and the Level 1B computes geolocated, calibrated radiances from the Level 1A and Geolocation products. One useful aspect of adapting the production software is the ability to incorporate enhancements contributed by the MODIS Science Team. We have therefore tried to limit changes to the software. However, in order to process the data immediately on receipt, we have taken advantage of a branch in the geolocation software that reads orbit and altitude information from the packets themselves, rather than external ancillary files used in standard production. We have also verified that the algorithms can be run with smaller time increments (2.5 minutes) than the five-minute increments used in production. To make the code easier to build and run, we have simplified directories and build scripts. Also, dependencies on a commercial numerics library have been replaced by public domain software. A version of the adapted code has been released for Silicon Graphics machines running lrix. Perhaps owing to its origin in production, the software is rather CPU-intensive. Consequently, a port to Linux is underway, followed by a version to run on PC clusters, with an eventual goal of running in near-real-time (i.e., process a ten-minute pass in ten minutes).
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Lynnes, Christopher (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Smith, Peter (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Shotland, Larry (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
El-Ghazawi, Tarek (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Zhu, Ming (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Computer Programming and Software
Meeting Information
Direct Broadcast of Earth Observation Data(Dundee)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.