MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5
Entry ID: MOD10CMV5

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Abstract: The MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG (MOD10CM) data set, new for Version 5 (V005), contains snow cover and Quality Assessment (QA) data in Hierarchical Data Format- Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format, and corresponding metadata. This data set consists of 7200 column by 3600 row global arrays of snow cover in a 0.05 deg Climate Modeling Grid (CMG). MODIS snow cover data are based on a snow mapping algorithm that employs a Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) and other criteria tests. Monthly average snow cover is calculated from the daily global products for the month. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from March 2000 to present via FTP. Data can also be obtained in GeoTIFF format by ordering the data through the Data Pool.
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Geographic Coverage
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Dorothy Hall, Vincent Salomonson, George Riggs
Dataset Title: MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG, Version 5
Dataset Series Name: MODIS
Dataset Release Date: 2006-12-18
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Version: V005
Data Presentation Form: Digital media
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2000-03-01
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.05 degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.05 degrees
Temporal Resolution: Monthly
Quality Quality indicators for MODIS snow data can be found in the following places: AutomaticQualityFlag and the ScienceQualityFlag metadata objects and their corresponding explanations; AutomaticQualityFlagExplanation and ScienceQualityFlagExplanation located in the CoreMetadata.0 global attributes; Custom local attributes associated with each Scientific Data Set, for example, Snow Cover; and the Snow ... View entire text
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Originating Center
Data Center
NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: MOD10CMV5

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 1.0 - 50.00 MB
Distribution Format: GeoTIFF
Fees: None

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 1.0 - 50.00 MB
Distribution Format: HDF-EOS
Fees: None
Contact Address:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Mail stop 614.1
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
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Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS). 1996. EOS Ground System (EGS) systems and operations concept. Greenbelt, MD: Goddard Space Flight Center.

Hall, D. K., J. L. Foster, D. L. Verbyla, A. G. Klein, and C. S. Benson. 1998. Assessment of snow cover mapping accuracy in a variety of vegetation cover densities in central Alaska. Remote Sensing of the Environment 66:129-137.

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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-13
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