Release of MODIS Version 6 DSR and PAR Products

Oct 19, 2017

The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) is pleased to announce the availability of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Downward Shortwave Radiation (DSR) and Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) products. DSR and PAR are key variables in a variety of land-surface applications including ecosystem and hydrological modeling. The Level 3, 5 kilometer data products have been produced from 2001 and will continue to be processed to present day over the coming weeks.

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for each dataset is given below to provide users with a persistent link to the product information.

DOI: MCD18A1.006
DOI: MCD18A2.006

Additional product information can be found at:

MODIS/Terra and Aqua Downward Shortwave Radiation Daily 3-Hourly Global 5 km MCD18A1.006
MODIS/Terra and Aqua Photosynthetically Active Radiation Daily 3-Hourly Global 5 km MCD18A2.006

The data are available for download through Data Pool, DAAC2Disk, and the NASA Earthdata Search.

Please contact LP DAAC User Services ( for further questions.