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VIIRS/NPP Albedo Daily L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid NRT


The VIIRS/NPP Albedo Daily L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid NRT (VNP43IA3N) product provides albedo values at 500 m resolution for the bihemispherical reflectance white-sky albedos (WSA) and directional hemispherical reflectance black-sky albedos (BSA) at local solar noon. The VNP43IA3N product is produced daily using 16-day VIIRS data (i.e., the current day and the previous 15 days). The VNP43 algorithm uses the RossThick/Li-Sparse-Reciprocal (RTLSR) semi-empirical kernel-driven BRDF model, with the three kernel weights from VNP43IA1N to reconstruct surface anisotropic effects, correcting the directional reflectance to a common view geometry (VNP43IA4N), while also computing integrated black-sky albedo (BSA) at local solar noon and white-sky albedo (WSA) (VNP43IA3N). Researchers can use the BRDF model parameters with a simple polynomial, to obtain black-sky albedo at any solar illumination angle. Likewise, both the BSA and WSA Science Dataset (SDS) layers can be used with a simple polynomial, to manually estimate instantaneous actual albedo (blue-sky albedo). Additional details regarding the methodology are available in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) at The VNP43IA3N product provides a total of 9 SDS layers including: BSA, WSA, and mandatory quality layers for VIIRS imagery bands I1, I2, and I3.

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