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MCD43D31

MODIS/Terra+Aqua BRDF/Albedo QA BRDFQuality Daily L3 Global 30ArcSec CMG V006

The MCD43D31 Version 6 Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function and Albedo (BRDF/Albedo) QA BRDF Quality dataset is produced daily using 16 days of Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data at 30 arc second (1,000 meter (m)) resolution. Data are temporally weighted to the ninth day which is reflected in the Julian date in the file name. This Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) product covers the entire globe for use in climate simulation models. MCD43D31 provides BRDF/Albedo quality information for the MCD43D products. MCD43D31 consists of a BRDF quality layer representing the overall quality of each pixel along with an individual BRDF/Albedo quality layer for MODIS spectral bands 1 through 7. 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. * CMG Albedo is estimated using all the clear-sky observations within the 1,000 m grid for MCD43D as opposed to aggregating from the 500 m albedo.

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