The MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) BRDF/Albedo Quality product (MCD43A2) describes the overall condition of the other BRDF and Albedo products. The MCD43A2 product contains 16 days of data at 500-meter spatial resolution provided in a level-3 gridded data set in Sinusoidal projection, and includes albedo quality, snow conditions, ancillary, and inversion information.
Both ... Terra and Aqua data are used to generate this product, providing the highest probability for quality input data and designating it as an MCD, meaning Combined, product.
Version-5 MODIS BRDF and Albedo products have attained Validation Stage 3.
Change Points of Interest
500m product now available
Quality information stored as a separate product (MCD43A2) in simplified form
Local Solar Noon changed from 5-degree steps to degrees
Reduced file volume: internal compression
Phased production strategy: Produced every 8 days with 16 days of acquisition (i.e., production period 2001001 includes acquisition between Days 001 and 016, production period 2001009 includes acquisition between Days 009 and 024)
More: Collection 005 Change Summary for MODIS BRDF/Albedo (MCD43) Algorithms (http://landweb.nascom.nasa.gov/QA_WWW/forPage/C005_Change_BRDF.pdf)
V005 Data Set Characteristics:
Temporal Coverage: February 18, 2000 -
Area: 10° x 10° lat/long
File Size: ~1 MB
Data Format: HDF-EOS
Image Dimensions: 2400 x 2400 rows/columns
Resolution: 500 meters
Science Data Sets (SDS HDF Layers): 4