Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

First operational BRDF, albedo nadir reflectance products from MODIS

By Crystal B. Schaaf, Feng Gao, Alan H. Strahler, Wolfgang Lucht, Xiaowen Li, Trevor Tsang, Nicholas C. Strugnell, Xiaoyang Zhang, Yufang Jin, Jan-Peter Muller, Philip Lewis, Michael Barnsley, Paul Hobson, Mathias Disney, Gareth Roberts, Michael Dunderdale, Christopher Doll, Robert P. d'Entremont, Baoxin Hu, Shunlin Liang, Jeffrey L. Privette and David Roy


With the launch of NASA's Terra satellite and the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), operational Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and albedo products are now being made available to the scientific community. The MODIS BRDF/Albedo algorithm makes use of a semiempirical kernel-driven bidirectional reflectance model and multidate, multispectral data to provide global 1-km gridded and tiled products of the land surface every 16 days. These products include directional hemispherical albedo (black-sky albedo), bihemispherical albedo (white-sky albedo), Nadir BRDF-Adjusted surface Reflectances (NBAR), model parameters describing the BRDF, and extensive quality assurance information. The algorithm has been consistently producing albedo and NBAR for the public since July 2000. Initial evaluations indicate a stable BRDF/Albedo Product, where, for example, the spatial and temporal progression of phenological characteristics is easily detected in the NBAR and albedo results. These early beta and provisional products auger well for the routine production of stable MODIS-derived BRDF parameters, nadir reflectances, and albedos for use by the global observation and modeling communities.<br/><br/

Topics: GE, TK
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1016/s0034-4257(02)00091-3
OAI identifier:
Provided by: e-Prints Soton
Sorry, our data provider has not provided any external links therefore we are unable to provide a link to the full text.

Suggested articles

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.