The MCD15A3H Version 6.1 Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Level 4, Combined Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FPAR), and Leaf Area Index (LAI) product is a 4-day composite data set with 500 meter pixel size. The algorithm chooses the best pixel available from all the acquisitions of both MODIS sensors located on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites from within the 4-day period.
LAI is defined as the one-sided green leaf area per unit ground area in broadleaf canopies and as one-half the total needle surface area per unit ground area in coniferous canopies. FPAR is defined as the fraction of incident photosynthetically active radiation (400-700 nm) absorbed by the green elements of a vegetation canopy.
|File Size||~3.7 MB|
|Temporal Extent||2002-07-04 to Present|
|Geographic Dimensions||1200 km x 1200 km|
|Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers||6|
|Columns/Rows||2400 x 2400|
|Pixel Size||500 m|
|SDS Name||Description||Units||Data Type||Fill Value||No Data Value||Valid Range||Scale Factor|
|Fpar_500m¹||Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation||Percent||8-bit unsigned integer||249 to 255||N/A||0 to 100||0.01|
|Lai_500m¹||Leaf Area Index||m²/m²||8-bit unsigned integer||249 to 255||N/A||0 to 100||0.1|
|FparLai_QC||Quality for FPAR and LAI||Class Flag||8-bit unsigned integer||255||N/A||0 to 254||N/A|
|FparExtra_QC||Extra detail Quality for FPAR and LAI||Class Flag||8-bit unsigned integer||255||N/A||0 to 254||N/A|
|FparStdDev_500m²||Standard deviation of FPAR||Percent||8-bit unsigned integer||248 to 255||N/A||0 to 100||0.01|
|LaiStdDev_500m²||Standard deviation of LAI||m²/m²||8-bit unsigned integer||248 to 255||N/A||0 to 100||0.1|
¹The FPAR and LAI fill value legends are provided in Table 7 of the User Guide.
²The FPAR and LAI standard deviation fill value legends are provided in Table 8 of the User Guide.
For complete information about known issues please refer to the MODIS/VIIRS Land Quality Assessment website.