2012-07-19 - MODIS/Aqua Collection 6 Level 1, Cloud Mask and Atmospheric Profile Products Released
The MODIS science team has completed and released the Collection 6 (C6)
reprocessing of the Aqua Level 1 (L1), Cloud Mask and Atmospheric Profile
products. MODIS/Aqua C6 products have improvements based on the long-term
calibration and characterization of MODIS Aqua as well as improvements to
the cloud mask and atmospheric profile algorithms. Summaries of these
changes as well as the C5/6 production schedule are given below.
Calibrated Radiance and Reflectance Updates
The MODIS Characterization Support Team (MCST) implemented several
improvements in calibration methodology for the C6 L1 product (MYD01). For
the Reflective Solar Bands (RSBs), the major change for C6 is a revised
methodology that linked the long-term trending of selected pseudo-invariant
Earth targets to the performance trending of the on-board calibrator
observations (Solar Diffuser and moon) that removed a long-term drift
observed in the C5 dataset. For the Thermal Emissive Bands (TEB), a
revised approach for derivation of the offset and nonlinear calibration
coefficients improved retrievals for cold scenes. The uncertainties for
both RSB and TEB were updated, and time-dependent Look Up Tables (LUTs) are
included for the first time.
MODIS Aqua Geolocation (MYD02) has been updated with an improved C6
algorithm, ancillary data and look-up tables. Geolocation updates include
the use of an improved 500 m land/water mask and global elevation model, a
new 500 m geolocation offsets, a new 1 km water fraction field and an
improved 1km geolocation in rapidly varying terrain. For improved
geolocation accuracy, C6 also includes updated geometric parameters and
improvements in the long-term trend based on the entire Aqua record.
Cloud Mask and Atmospheric Profile Updates
MODIS Aqua Cloud Mask (MYD35_L2) and Atmospheric Profile (MYD07_L2)
products have been updated with C6 algorithms.
Cloud Mask updates include use of NDVI background maps to fine-tune
classifications over desert and vegetated surfaces. The C6 product adds a
"cloud adjacency flag" and adjusts night classifications to use thresholds
based on total precipitable water. The new product better detects
transmissive cirrus and reduces "probably cloudy" retrievals in very humid
tropical conditions. Thick smoke and aerosols are also better
distinguished from cloud by the new algorithm.
Atmospheric Profile updates include use of a new layer scheme for total
precipitable water and application of spectral shifts with some adjustment
seen in dry cases. Spectral adjustments and new radiative transfer
modeling have improved Total Ozone retrieval comparisons against OMI and
MODIS/Aqua C6 L1, Cloud Mask and Atmospheric Profile forward production has
started and will continue in parallel with MODIS/Aqua C5 L1 forward
production. A similar MODIS/Terra C6 L1, Cloud Mask and Atmospheric
Profile reprocessing is expected to be released Sept/Oct 2012. The C6
atmosphere reprocessing is expected to complete in Dec/Jan 2012 and the C6
land reprocessing is expected to be completed early-Summer 2013.
To enable the MODIS community to evaluate and gracefully switch over to the
C6 products, the C5 forward processing will continue at least one year
after the reprocessing of the corresponding C6 products completes. In
addition, the C5 products will be kept in the on-line archive for another
year after the C5 forward processing ends. At this time, a golden data set
of the C5 data will be kept on-line (as was done for prior collections).