Terra Product Descriptions: MOD05_L2
Last update: October 17, 2017
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Data Set Long Name:
MODIS/Terra Total Precipitable Water Vapor 5Min L2 Swath 1km and 5km
The MODIS level-2 Near Real Time (NRT) atmospheric precipitable water product consists of total atmospheric column water vapor amounts (and ancillary parameters) over clear land areas of the globe over extended clear oceanic areas with the Sun glint, and above clouds over both land and ocean. These estimates are based on a near-infrared algorithm using only daytime measurements with solar zenith angle less than 72 degrees. The retrieval algorithm relies on observations of water vapor attenuation of nearinfrared solar radiation reflected by surfaces and clouds. The product is produced only over areas that have reflective surfaces in the nearinfrared.
Additional information at https://modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/products/water-vapor.
288 files per day
5 km at nadir
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(MODIS Atmosphere Water Vapor Product site)
We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation.
Author (PI), et al., 2017. Product name as given on atmo web site. NASA MODIS Adaptive Processing System, Goddard Space Flight Center, USA: [link as given on atmo site].
Gao, B., et al., 2017. MODIS Atmosphere L2 Water Vapor Product. NASA MODIS Adaptive Processing System, Goddard Space Flight Center, USA: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MOD05_L2.061
Dr. Bo-Cai Gao (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MODIS Atmosphere Science Team / Water Vapor Retrieval Group
MODIS Adaptive Processing System (MODAPS)