The most powerful way to collect comprehensive data for better understanding of natural climate change and human impact is through the use of satellite sensors that measure different types of energy coming from the Earth. One of such sensors is Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), which is also the most comprehensive sensor within NASA-centered international Earth Observing System (EOS), operating on the Terra and Aqua satellites.
MODIS is viewing the entire Earth’s surface every one to two days, acquiring data in 36 spectral bands, or groups of wavelengths, and it acquires data at three spatial resolutions: 250, 500, and 1,000 meters. These data will improve our understanding of global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere.
Currently, the Sentinel Hub supports the MODIS MCD43A4 version 6, which is hosted at Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can explore the data from January 1, 2013 onwards. Dataset is updated daily and provides the 500 meter Nadir Bidirectional reflectance distribution function Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR) data of MODIS “land” bands 1–7. NBAR data for specific date is estimated based on 16 day retrieval period both from the Aqua and Terra satellites.
As many data products derived from MODIS observations describe features of the land, oceans and the atmosphere, they can be used for studies of processes and trends on local to global scales.
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Originally published at sentinel-hub.com.