Global Snow Cover from MODIS

  • Released Monday, July 1, 2002

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) provides data in 36 spectral bands, some of which are used in an algorithm to map global snow cover. The animation shows the dynamic behavior of the advance and retreat of continental snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere for the winter of 2001 - 2002 from MODIS-derived 8-day composite snow maps with a spatial resolution of about 5 km. A time series of MODIS snow-cover maps of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, derived from MODIS-derived daily snow maps with 500-m resolution, is also shown for the winter and spring of 2001.

Video slate image reads "Global Snow Cover from MODIS".

Video slate image reads "Global Snow Cover from MODIS".


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Scientific Visualization Studio. Snow Data Preparation was done by The MODIS Snow and Ice Team, Janet Y. L. Chien. Blue Marble data courtesy of Reto Stockli.
Technical Assistance from the following SVS team members: Randall Jones, Kevin Mahoney, Marte Newcombe, Tom Bridgman, Lori Perkins, Gregory Shirah, Eric Sokolowsky, James Williams.

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This page was originally published on Monday, July 1, 2002.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:57 PM EDT.


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