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Global Snow Cover from MODIS

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.

Visualization Credits

Cindy Starr (GST): Lead Visualizer
Dorothy Hall (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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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Data Used:
Terra/MODIS/Snow Cover 8-day composite L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG (MOD10C2)
10/16/2001 to 04/23/2002
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble Cloud Cover
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble Land Cover
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

Goddard TV Tape:
G2007-002HD -- NASA's HD Blue Marble Resource Tape

DLESE >> Cryology
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Snow
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version