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MODIS stands for MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. This sensor, equipped with over 30 spectral channels from the visible into the infrared frequency range operates from aboard the EOS-TERRA and EOS-AQUA satellites since 2000 and 2002, respectively. Thanks to its high spectral resolution and the large number of different channels a large number of different atmospheric parameters can be retrieved. Here we refer to the temperature profile data set.
Similar to the data sets of the MODIS atmospheric water vapor / precipitable water content atmospheric temperature profiles are derived by means of a statistical regression analysis. Vertical profiles of temperature, moisture and ozone measured globally by radiosondes are used to compute MODIS infrared band radiances using a radiative transfer / transmission model. A regression analysis between the computed radiances and the measured atmospheric profiles is carried out to derive the regression coefficients. These are subsequently applied to the actual MODIS radiance measurements to retrieve the profiles of atmospheric parameters - here the temperature.
This is part of the level-3 MOD08/MYD08 data set derived from level-2 MOD07/MYD07 data of the MODIS Collection 6.1 product family.
Last update of data set at ICDC: May 8, 2020
|Mean Atmospheric Temperature Profile||K||20 pressure levels|
|Atmospheric Temperature Profile Standard Deviations||K||dito|
|Number of valid used level-2 (5 km x 5 km) grid-cell values||--||dito|
|This is part of a composite data set|
|(see MODIS water vapor)|
Period and temporal resolution:
- 2000-02-24 to 2020-03-31 (MODIS EOS-TERRA)
- 2002-07-04 to 2020-03-31 (MODIS EOS-AQUA)
Coverage and spatial resolution:
- Spatial resolution: 1° x 1°, cartesian grid
- Geographic longitude: 180°W to 180°E
- Geographic latitude: 90°S to 90°N
- Dimension: 360 columns x 180 rows
- Altitude: 20 pressure levels: 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 70, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 400, 500, 620, 700, 780, 850, 920, 950, 1000 hPa
- TERRA: August 7-18 2000; June 16 - July 2 2001; March 20-27 & April 15 2002; December 21-22 2008
- AQUA: July 30 - August 6 2002
The offered temperature profile data contain as a measure of uncertainty the standard deviation of all level-2 grid cells used for the computation of the Level-3 product.
This data set is from Collection 6.1 of the MODIS product family. Hence a substantial number inconsistencies and potential retrieval problems, which have been identified in the past version (4, 5), has been taken care of in the Collection 6 product family; this newest MODIS product release, 6.1. improves over the 6.0 version by mitigating the influence of electronic cross-talk between the atmospheric bands.
We refer to the documents listed in the References.
MODIS - Atmosphere Level-3 Product Group
NASA / GSFC
email: steve.platnick (at) nasa.gov
MODIS - Atmosphere Profile Retrieval Group
NASA / GSFC
email: eva.borbas (at) nasa.gov
ICDC / CEN / Universität Hamburg
email: stefan.kern (at) uni-hamburg.de
- MODIS - Atmosphere Group Webpage
- MODIS ATBD for Level-3 Global Gridded Atmosphere Products (Collection 006, v4.3)
- Hubanks, P, (2017): Collection 6.1 Change Document MODIS Atmosphere Level-3 Global Products, Adnet Systems, Lanham, MD, Version 1.0, August 23 2017, 20 pp, see also modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/documentation/collection-61
- Lyapustin, A., et al., (2014), Scientific impact of MODIS C5 calibration degradation and C6+ improvements, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 4353-4365.
- King, M. D., et al., (2003), Cloud and aerosol properties, precipitable, water, and profiles of temperature and water vapor, Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens., 41(2), 442-458.
- Moeller, C., et al., (2017) Improvements to Terra MODIS L1B, L2, and L3 science products through using crosstalk corrected L1B radiances, Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII; doi:10.1117/12.2274340
- Seemann, S.W., et al. (2008), Development of a global infrared land surface emissivity database for clear sky atmospheric sounding retrievals from satellite-based radiance measurements. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, doi:10.1175/2007JAM1590.1, 47(1), 108-123.
- Borbas, E. E., et al., Collection 6.1 Change Document TERRA MOD07 Atmospheric Profiles Products
Please cite the data as follows:
Platnick, S., et al., 2017. MODIS Atmosphere L3 Daily Product. NASA MODIS Adaptive Processing System, Goddard Space Flight Center, USA: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MOD08_D3.061 [last accessed: April 27, 2020]
(if MODIS EOS-AQUA data are used accordingly: dx.doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MYD08_D3.061)
and acknowledge the source of your data download as:
Original MODIS collection 6.1 temperature profile data provided in hdf format by https://ladsweb.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/ were downloaded in netCDF file format from the Integrated Climate Data Centre (ICDC), CliSAP, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, http://icdc.cen.uni-hamburg.de