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MODIS/Terra Surface Reflectance 8-Day L3 Global 250m SIN Grid V006

The MOD09Q1 Version 6 product provides an estimate of the surface spectral reflectance of Terra Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Bands 1 and 2, corrected for atmospheric conditions such as gasses, aerosols, and Rayleigh scattering. Provided along with the 250 meter (m) surface reflectance bands are two quality layers. For each pixel, a value is selected from all the acquisitions within the 8-day composite period. The criteria for the pixel choice include cloud and solar zenith. When several acquisitions meet the criteria the pixel with the minimum channel 3 (blue) value is used. Improvements/Changes from Previous Versions * Improvements to the aerosol retrieval and correction algorithm along with new aerosol retrieval look-up tables. * Refinements to the internal snow, cloud, and cloud shadow detection algorithms. Uses Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) database to better constrain the different threshold used. * Processes ocean bands to create a new Surface Reflectance Ocean product and provides Quality Assurance (QA) datasets for these bands. * Improved discrimination of salt pans from cloud and snow, along with the inclusion of a salt pan flag in the QA band.

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