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Development of an Operational Land Water Mask for MODIS Collection 6, and Influence on Downstream Data ProductsData from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS)on-board the Earth Observing System Terra and Aqua satellites are processed using a land water mask to determine when an algorithm no longer needs to be run or when an algorithm needs to follow a different pathway. Entering the fourth reprocessing (Collection 6 (C6)) the MODIS team replaced the 1 km water mask with a 500 m water mask for improved representation of the continental surfaces. The new water mask represents more small water bodies for an overall increase in water surface from 1 to 2 of the continental surface. While this is still a small fraction of the overall global surface area the increase is more dramatic in certain areas such as the Arctic and Boreal regions where there are dramatic increases in water surface area in the new mask. MODIS products generated by the on-going C6 reprocessing using the new land water mask show significant impact in areas with high concentrations of change in the land water mask. Here differences between the Collection 5 (C5) and C6 water masks and the impact of these differences on the MOD04 aerosol product and the MOD11 land surface temperature product are shown.
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Carroll, M. L.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
DiMiceli, C. M.
(Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Townshend, J. R. G.
(Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Sohlberg, R. A.
(Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Elders, A. I.
(George Mason Univ. Fairfax, VA, United States)
Devadiga, S.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Sayer, A. M.
(Universities Space Research Association Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Levy, R. C.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
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July 17, 2017
Publication Date
October 4, 2016
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Publication: International Journal of Digital Earth
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1753-8947
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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