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MCD43A2

MODIS/Terra+Aqua BRDF/Albedo Quality Daily L3 Global - 500m V006

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) MCD43A1 Version 6 Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function and Albedo (BRDF/Albedo) Model Parameters dataset is produced daily using 16 days of Terra and Aqua MODIS data at 500 meter (m) resolution. Data are temporally weighted to the ninth day of the retrieval period which is reflected in the Julian date in the file name. MCD43A1 provides the three model weighting parameters (isotropic, volumetric, and geometric) used to derive the Albedo (MCD43A3) (https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MCD43A3.006) and BRDF (MCD43A4) (https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MCD43A4.006) products. The MCD43A1 provides the three model weighting parameters for MODIS spectral bands 1 through 7 as well as the visible, near infrared (NIR), and shortwave bands. Along with the three-dimensional parameter layers for these bands are the quality layers for each of the 10 bands. Users are urged to use the band specific quality flags to isolate the highest quality full inversion results for their own science applications (https://www.umb.edu/spectralmass/terra_aqua_modis/v006). Improvements/Changes from Previous Versions * Observations are weighted to estimate the BRDF/Albedo on the ninth day of the 16-day period. * MCD43 products use the snow status weighted to the ninth day instead of the majority snow/no-snow observations from the 16-day period. * Better quality at high latitudes from use of all available observations for the acquisition period. Collection 5 used only four observations per day. * The MCD43 products use L2G-lite surface reflectance as input. * When there are insufficient high quality reflectances, a database with archetypal BRDF parameters is used to supplement the observational data and perform a lower quality magnitude inversion. This database is continually updated with the latest full inversion retrieval for each pixel. Important Quality Information The incorrect representation of the aerosol quantities (low average high) in the C6 MYD09 and MOD09 surface reflectance products may have impacted down stream products particularly over arid bright surfaces (https://landweb.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/QA_WWW/displayCase.cgi?esdt=MOD09&caseNum=PM_MOD09_20010&caseLocation=cases_data&type=C6). This (and a few other issues) have been corrected for C6.1. Therefore users should avoid substantive use of the C6 MCD43 products and wait for the C6.1 products. In any event, users are always strongly encouraged to download and use the extensive QA data provided in MCD43A2, in addition to the briefer mandatory QAs provided as part of the MCD43A1, 3, and 4 products.

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