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MODIS/Terra Calibrated Radiances 5-Min L1B Swath 250m V006
Entry ID: MOD02QKM

Abstract: The 250 meter MODIS Level 1B data set contains calibrated and geolocated at-aperture radiances for 2 discrete bands located in the 0.62 to 0.88 micron region of the electromagnetic spectrum. These data are generated from the MODIS Level 1A scans of raw radiance and in the process converted to geophysical units of W / (m^2 um sr). In addition, the Earth Bi-directional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) may be determined for these solar reflective bands through knowledge of the solar irradiance (e.g., determined from MODIS solar diffuser data, and from the target illumination geometry). Additional data are provided including quality flags, error estimates and calibration data.
Channel locations for the MODIS 250 meter data are as follows:

Band Center Wavelength (um) Primary Use
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1 0.620 - 0.670 Land/Cloud Boundaries
2 0.841 - 0.876 Land/Cloud Boundaries

Separate L1B products are available for the five 500m resolution channels (MOD02HKM) and the twenty-nine 1km resolution channels (MOD021KM). For the 500m product, there are actually seven channels available since the data from the two 250 m channels have been aggregated to 500m resolution. Similarly, for the 1km product, all 36 MODIS channels are available since the data from the two 250m and five 500m channels have been aggregated into equivalent 1km
pixel values.

Spatial resolution for pixels at nadir is 250 m, degrading to 1.2 km in the along-scan direction and 0.5 km in the along-track direction for pixels located at the scan extremes. A 55 degree scanning pattern at the EOS orbit of 705 km
results in a 2330 km orbital swath width and provides global coverage every one to two days. A single MODIS Level 1B 250 m granule will contain a scene built from 203 scans sampled 5416 times in the cross-track direction, corresponding
to approximately 5 minutes worth of data; thus 288 granules will be produced per day. Since an individual MODIS scan will contain 40 along-track spatial elements for the 250 m channels, the scene will be composed of (5416 x 8120) pixels, resulting in a spatial coverage of (2330 km x 2040 km). Due to the MODIS scan geometry, there will be increasing scan overlap beyond about 17 degrees scan angle.

The Shortname for this product is MOD02QKM and is stored in the Earth Observing System Hierarchical
Data Format (HDF-EOS). A typical file size will be approximately 140 MB and the total daily volume is around 22GB.

Environmental information derived from MODIS L1B measurements will offer a comprehensive and unprecedented look at terrestrial, atmospheric, and ocean phenomenology for a wide and diverse community of users throughout the world.

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Purpose: Science Research

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

Data Set Citation
Version: 6

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1999-12-18

Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: 5 minutes

Science Keywords

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

MODIS >Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer    [Information]

EOSDIS >Earth Observing System Data Information System    [Information]
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]
TERRA >Earth Observing System (EOS), TERRA    [Information]

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Data Set Progress

Data Center
L1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System,Biospheric Information Systems Branch, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://ladsweb.nascom.nasa.gov/

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-07-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-03-02

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