MCD43D30 v006

MODIS/Terra and Aqua BRDF/Albedo Parameter 3 Shortwave Daily L3 Global 30 ArcSec CMG

PI: Crystal Schaaf


The MCD43D30 Version 6 Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function and Albedo (BRDF/Albedo) Model Parameter dataset is produced daily using 16 days of Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Sprectroradiometer (MODIS) data at 30 arc second (1,000 meter) resolution. Data are temporally weighted to the ninth day which is reflected in the Julian date in the file name. This Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) product covers the entire globe for use in climate simulation models. Due to the large file size, each MCD43D product contains just one data layer. Each of the three model parameters (isotropic, volumetric, and geometric) for each of the MODIS bands 1 through 7 and the visible, near infrared (NIR), and shortwave bands included in MCD43C1 are stored in a separate file as MCD43D01 through MCD43D30.

MCD43D30 is the BRDF geometric parameterfor the MODIS shortwave broadband. The geometric parameter, in conjunction with the isotropic and volumetric parameters, is used to derive the BRDF/Albedo values for the MODIS shortwave broadband.


Improvements/Changes from Previous Versions

  • Observations are weighted to estimate the BRDF/Albedo on the ninth day of the 16-day period.
  • MCD43 products use the snow status weighted to the ninth day instead of the majority snow/no-snow observations from the 16-day period.
  • Better quality at high latitudes from use of all available observations for the acquisition period. Collection 5 used only four observations per day.
  • The MCD43 products use L2G-lite surface reflectance as input.
  • When there are insufficient high quality reflectances, a database with archetypal BRDF parameters is used to supplement the observational data and perform a lower quality magnitude inversion. This database is continually updated with the latest full inversion retrieval for each pixel.
  • CMG Albedo is estimated using all the clear-sky observations within the 1,000 m grid for MCD43D as opposed to aggregating from the 500 m albedo.

Product Maturity

The MODIS BRDF/Albedo products have achieved stage 3 validation.

Collection and Granule


Characteristic Description
CollectionCombined MODIS
File Size~161 MB
Temporal ResolutionDaily
Temporal Extent2000-02-16 to Present
Spatial ExtentGlobal
Coordinate SystemGeographic Latitude and Longitude
File FormatHDF-EOS
Geographic DimensionsGlobal


Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers1
Columns/Rows43200 x 21600
Pixel Size~1000 m


SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor Additional Offset
Global_BRDF_Albedo_Parameter3_shortwave BRDF model parameter for geo kernel of shortwave broadband N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 32766 0.001 N/A

Product Quality

The corresponding MCD43D31 data file provides product quality information.

Known Issues

For complete information about MCD43D30 known issues refer to the MODIS Land Quality Assessment website.


Using the Data



DOI: 10.5067/MODIS/MCD43D30.006

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