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MODIS/Terra Aerosol Cloud Water Vapor Ozone Monthly L3 Global 1Deg CMG V5.1
Entry ID: MOD08_M3


Summary
Abstract: MODIS was launched aboard the Terra satellite on December 18, 1999
(10:30 am equator crossing time) as part of NASA's Earth Observing
System (EOS) mission. MODIS with its 2330 km viewing swath width
provides almost daily global coverage. It acquires data in 36 high
spectral resolution bands between 0.415 to 14.235 micron with spatial
resolutions of 250m(2 bands), 500m(5 bands), and 1000m (29
bands). MODIS sensor counts, calibrated radiances, geolocation
products and all derived geophysical atmospheric and ocean products
are archived at NASA Goddard DAAC and has been made available to
public since April 2000.

MOD08_M3 is a level-3 MODIS gridded atmosphere monthly global joint
product. It contains monthly 1 x 1 degree grid average values of
atmospheric parameters related to atmospheric aerosol particle
properties, total ozone burden, atmospheric water vapor, cloud
optical and physical properties, and atmospheric stability
indices. This product also provides standard deviations, quality
assurance weighted means and other statistically derived quantities
for each parameter.
The shortname for this level-3 MODIS atmosphere monthly global product is
MOD08_M3 and the principal investigators for this product are MODIS scientists:
Dr. Yoram Kaufman for aerosol retrieval over land; Dr. Didier Tanre
(didier.tanre@univ-lille1.fr) for aerosol retrieval over ocean; Dr. Bo-Cai Gao
(gao@rsd.nrl.navy.mil) for cirrus cloud detection; Dr. Paul Menzel
(paulm@ssec.wisc.edu) for cloud top properties; and Dr. Michael King
(king@climate.gsfc.nasa.gov) for cloud optical properties.
The level-3 atmosphere monthly global product (MOD08_M3) consists of
approximately 739 parameters that includes all statistically derived
quantities. Essentially all level-3 MODIS atmosphere monthly global
parameters are derived from the scientific parameters of MODIS Atmosphere
Daily Global Joint Product (MOD08_D3). Statistics are computed over a
1 degree equal-angle lat-lon grid that spans a (calendar) monthly
interval. Since the grid cells are 1 degree by 1 degree, the output
grid is always 360 pixels in width and 180 pixels in length.

MOD08_M3 product files are stored in Hierarchical Data Format
(HDF-EOS). Each gridded global parameter is stored as Scientific Data
Sets (SDS) within the file.

MOD08_M3 PARAMETERS

Aerosol over Land and Ocean:
Optical Depth (0.55 micron)

Aerosol over Land:
Optical Depth at 0.47 and 0.66 micron (based on Continental Aerosol Model)
Corrected Optical Depths at 0.47, 0.55, 0.66 micron (based on Dynamic
Aerosol Model)
Corrected Optical Depths at 0.47, 0.55, 0.66 micron for Smoke, Sulfate,
and Dust Aerosol
Mass Concentration
Angstrom Exponents for Smoke, Sulfate, and Dust Aerosol Particles

Aerosol over Ocean:
Effective Optical Depth at 7 bands (0.47, 0.55, 0.66, 0.87, 1.24,
1.64, 2.13 micron)
Effective Radius, Mass Concentration, Cloud Condensation Nuclei
Optical Depth of Small Particles relative to Effective Optical Depth
Asymmetry Factor & Back Scattering Ratio at 7 bands
Angstrom Exponents 1 (based on 0.55 and 0.865 micron) & 2 (based on
0.865 and 2.13 micron)

Ozone:
Total Column Ozone


Water Vapor:
Total Column Precipitable Water Vapor
NIR based (clear, cloudy), IR based (lower, upper levels, total)

Cloud:
Cloud Top Pressure, Temperature, and Effective Emissivity(day, night, all)
Cloud Particle Phase (day, night, all)
Cloud Optical Thickness (water, ice, water + ice, undetermined, all phases)
Effective Radius (water, ice, water + ice, undetermined, all phases)
Cloud Water Path (liquid, ice, liquid + ice, undetermined, all phases)
Cloud Fraction based on Visible & SWIR (cirrus, contrail, water, ice,
water + ice, undetermined, all phases)
Cloud Fraction based on IR (day, night, all)

Atmospheric State & Stability Indices:
Total-Totals, Lifted Index, K Index

Radiation Parameters:
Cirrus Cloud & Contrail Reflectance
Mean Surface Reflectance for Land (5 bands) & Ocean (7 bands)
Normalized Reflected Flux for Land (0.47 & 0.66 micron) & Ocean (7 bands)
Normalized Transmitted Flux for Land (0.47 and 0.66 micron), Ocean(7 bands)
Atmospheric Scattering Angle for Land and Ocean

Quality Assurance (QA) & Statistical Parameters:
Uncertainty in Derived Parameters, Minimum, Maximum, Number of Pixels,
Histograms, Correlation Parameters, QA Weighted, and other Statistically
Derived Parameters

More information about the atmospheric parameters and the
statistically derived parameters of MOD08_M3 product listed above are
available from the MOD08_M3 web site

http://modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/MOD08_M3/format.html

The MODIS monthly Product will be used in the simultaneously study of
clouds, water vapor, aerosol , trace gases, land surface and oceanic
properties, as well as the interaction between them and their effect
on the Earth's energy budget and climate. This product will also be
used to investigate seasonal and inter-annual changes in cirrus
(semi-transparent) global cloud cover and cloud phase with
multispectral observations at high spatial resolution.

For more information about the MOD08_M3 product, please visit the
MODIS-Atmosphere site at:

http://modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/MOD08_M3/


Purpose: Science Research

Related URL
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Description: Overview of MODIS Atmosphere Data Products


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Description: MODIS Atmosphere Data Availability Calendar and Validation Level


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Description: Known Data Issues


Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Version: 5.1


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1999-12-18


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL BACKSCATTER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL EXTINCTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL PARTICLE PROPERTIES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL RADIANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >CARBONACEOUS AEROSOLS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >CLOUD CONDENSATION NUCLEI    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >DUST/ASH/SMOKE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >NITRATE PARTICLES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >ORGANIC PARTICLES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >PARTICULATE MATTER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >SULFATE PARTICLES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >TRACE GASES/TRACE SPECIES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >WEATHER EVENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >ATMOSPHERIC STABILITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >PRECIPITABLE WATER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD CEILING    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD CONDENSATION NUCLEI    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD RADIATIVE TRANSFER >CLOUD EMISSIVITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD RADIATIVE TRANSFER >CLOUD RADIATIVE FORCING    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD PRECIPITABLE WATER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD RADIATIVE TRANSFER >CLOUD REFLECTANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD TOP PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD TOP TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD DROPLET CONCENTRATION/SIZE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >ATMOSPHERIC EMITTED RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >EMISSIVITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >RADIATIVE FLUX    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >REFLECTANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >TRANSMITTANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS >ANGSTROM EXPONENT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN COMPOUNDS >OZONE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ENVIRONMENT
HEALTH


Platform
Terra >Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)    [Information]


Instrument
MODIS >Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer    [Information]


Data Set Progress
IN WORK



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-11-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-02-09



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