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MODIS (GeoTIFF-Bundle)


Provides MODIS Full Scenes Nadir Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF)-Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR) data in TIF format consisting of one file per band with metadata. These images are acquired by the Terra and Aqua satellite sensors at a daily revisit rate anywhere on the globe. The datasets are available starting with 2000.

Technical information

Data productMODIS Version 6 Nadir Bidirectional Reflectance
Distribution Function (BRDF)-Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR)
Resolution500 m
Spectral bandsBand 1- Red 620-670 nm
Band 2 - NIR 841-876 nm
Band 3 - Blue 459-479 nm
Band 4 - Green 545-565 nm
Band 5 - SWIR1 1230-1250 nm
Band 6 - SWIR2 1628-1652 nm
Band 7 - SWIR3 2105-2155 nm
Acquisition modeMono
Geometric processing levelOrtho
Radiometric processing levelL2 (reflectance)
Revisit frequencyDaily (using 16 days of Terra and Aqua MODIS data)
Data availabilitySince 2000
File formatCloud Optimized GeoTIFF
Bit depth per pixel8-bit
Coordinate systemSinusoidal

Further information

The many data products and imagery layers derived from MODIS observations describe features of the land, oceans and the atmosphere that can be used for studies of processes and trends on local to global scales. Examples of other MODIS derived data are NDVI (rolling 8-day average), MODIS Aqua Corrected Reflectance, and MODIS Terra Corrected Reflectance.

This data contains the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) MCD43A4 Version 6 - MODIS/Terra and Aqua Nadir Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF)-Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR) Daily L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid product.

The image products are produced daily using 16 days of Terra and Aqua MODIS data at 500 meter (m) resolution. The view angle effects are removed from the directional reflectances, resulting in a stable and consistent NBAR product.

Use Cases

Important application areas for MODIS MCD43A4 imagery are: land cover monitoring (agriculture, forestry), inland water monitoring and flood mapping.


This dataset is managed by Astraea and collected from the MODIS bucket on AWS in TIF format. For more information, please see the website on NASA.

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