MCD43D41 v006

MODIS/Terra and Aqua BRDF/Albedo Uncertainty Daily L3 Global 30 ArcSec CMG

PI: Crystal Schaaf


The MCD43D41 Version 6 Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function and Albedo (BRDF/Albedo) QA Uncertainty dataset is produced daily using 16 days of Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data at 30 arc second (1,000 meter (m)) 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. MCD43D41 provides BRDF inversion information for the MCD43D products.

MCD43D41 layer contains the uncertainty range of each BRDF/Albedo pixel for the retrieval period.

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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~158 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
Global_BRDF_Albedo_Uncertainty BRDF inversion information N/A 16-bit unsigned integer 32767 N/A 0 to 32766 0.001

Product Quality

The quality layer is stored in an efficient bit-encoded manner. The unpack_sds_bits executable from the LDOPE Tools is available to the user community to help parse and interpret this layer.

Known Issues

For complete information about MCD43D41 known issues refer to the MODIS Land Quality Assessment website.


Using the Data



DOI: 10.5067/MODIS/MCD43D41.006

About the Image

Combined MODIS BRDF Albedo uncertainty data from the MCD43D41 product across the globe, August 2, 2018.

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