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Spatially Complete Surface Albedo Data Sets: Value-Added Products Derived from Terra MODIS Land ProductsSpectral land surface albedo is an important parameter for describing the radiative properties of the Earth. Accordingly it reflects the consequences of natural and human interactions, such as anthropogenic, meteorological, and phenological effects, on global and local climatological trends. Consequently, albedos are integral parts in a variety of research areas, such as general circulation models (GCMs), energy balance studies, modeling of land use and land use change, and biophysical, oceanographic, and meteorological studies. Recent observations of diffuse bihemispherical (white-sky) and direct beam directional hemispherical (black-sky ) land surface albedo included in the MOD43B3 product from MODIS instruments aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellite platforms have provided researchers with unprecedented spatial, spectral, and temporal characteristics. Cloud and seasonal snow cover, however, curtail retrievals to approximately half the global land surfaces on an annual equal-angle basis, precluding MOD43B3 albedo products from direct inclusion in some research projects and production environments.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Goddard Space Flight Center
Document Type
Moody, Eric G.
(L-3 Communication Government Services, Inc. Vienna, VA, United States)
King, Michael D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Platnick, Steven
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Schaaf, Crystal B.
(Boston Univ. Boston, MA, United States)
Gao, Feng
(Boston Univ. Boston, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 22, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Radiation Symposium
Location: Busan
Country: Korea, Republic of
Start Date: August 23, 2004
End Date: August 28, 2004
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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