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MODIS/Terra Near Real Time (NRT) Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m, Version 5
Entry ID: MOD10_L2

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Abstract: MODIS/Terra Near Real Time (NRT) Snow Cover 5-Min L2 Swath 500m (MOD10_L2) contains snow cover and quality assurance (QA) data, latitudes, and longitudes in HDF-EOS format, along with corresponding metadata. Latitude and longitude geolocation fields are at 5 km resolution, while all other fields are at 500 m resolution. Version 5 (V005) has two separate snow cover fields: one incorporating the original cloud mask, and another using a less cloud-conservative mask. MODIS/Terra V005 data extend from 24 February 2000 to present. MODIS snow cover data are based on a snow mapping algorithm that employs a Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) and other criteria tests. The only data available for Version 5 (V005) is the Golden Month, which is a sample of V004 data covering the time period 29 August 2002 (day of year 241) through 7 October 2002 (day of year 280). The Golden Month is only available by special request by contacting NSIDC User Services. Please note that NSIDC now has a complete series of Version 5 data, which is the highest version number now available and represents the best quality of data.

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Description: Access Collection 5 data set from the MODAPS LANCE-MODIS page(FTP server).

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Description: Direct access to the ftp site and directory hosting the MOD10_L2 5NRT data set.

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Description: MODIS Science Team

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

Data Set Citation
Version: 5NRT

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2015-12-27

Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: 5 min

Science Keywords

ISO Topic Category

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

MODIS >Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer    [Information]

EOS >Earth Observing System    [Information]
EOSDIS >Earth Observing System Data Information System    [Information]
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]

Overall NRT products match to operational with some expected minor differences from use of different ancillaries and ephemeris. There aren't any data gaps or data artifacts. Information on comparison of C5 Operational and NRT Atmospheric Products is posted at: Information on comparison of C6 Operational and NRT Atmospheric and Land Products is posted at: and

Use Constraints
None. See disclaimer:

Data Set Progress

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-06-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-02-09

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