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Spatially Complete Global Surface Albedos Derived from Terra/MODIS DataSpectral 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 production of land surface anisotropy, diffuse bihemispherical (white-sky) albedo and direct beam directional hemispherical (black-sky) albedo from observations acquired by the MODIS instruments aboard NASA's Terra and &la satellite platforms have provided researchers with unprecedented spatial, spectral, and temporal information on the land surface's radiative characteristics. Cloud cover, which curtails retrievals, and the presence of ephemeral and seasonal snow limit the snow-free data to approximately half the global land surfaces on an annual equal-angle basis. This precludes the MOD43B3 albedo products from being used in some remote sensing and ground-based applications, &mate models, and global change research projects.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
King, Michael D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Moody, Eric G.
(L-3 Communication Government Services, Inc. Vienna, VA, United States)
Platnick, Steven
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Schaaf, Crystal B.
(Boston Univ. Boston, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Meeting Information
Meeting: 85th Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting
Location: San Diego, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: January 9, 2005
End Date: January 13, 2005
Sponsors: American Meteorological Society
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