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MODIS/Aqua Cloud Mask 5-Min Swath 1000 m

The MODIS-VIIRS Cloud Mask (MVCM) is designed to facilitate continuity in cloud detection between the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on the Aqua and Terra platforms and the series of VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instruments, beginning with the Suomi NPP spacecraft. To establish continuity, this MODIS MVCM product does not use an algorithm identical to that used in the standard MODIS product (MOD35/MYD35). The MVCM-MODIS Cloud Mask product is Aqua MOIDS Level-2, 5-Min Swath product generated at 1000 m (at nadir) spatial resolution. The algorithm employs a series of visible through infrared threshold and consistency tests to specify confidence that an unobstructed view of the Earth's surface has been observed. Radiometrically-accurate radiances are required, thus holes in the cloud mask will appear wherever the input radiances are incomplete or of poor quality. For more information consult Product Page at:

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