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The new MODIS 250 m land-water mask (Short Name: MOD44W) is an improvement over the existing MODIS Nadir Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF)-Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR) and MODIS land cover-based global land-water mask (Salomon et al., 2004). The MODIS NBAR and land cover–based mask was itself an improved version of the EOS DEM-based land-water mask (Logan et al., 1999). The new MODIS 250 m mask is primarily created with three different data inputs:
Other appropriate and publicly available data sets were also used to supplement the production of the MODIS 250 m land–water mask. Additional details regarding the methodology are available in the User Guide.
This marks the first time that such a global MODIS-SRTM land-water mask is offered publicly to end-users. This data set is provided in the same gridded tile structure that is common to several higher-level MODIS land products.
250 m Land-Water Mask HDF Science Data Set Layers
|Science Data Set||Units||Data-Type||Fill Value||Valid Range|
|Water Mask||None||8-bit Unsigned||255||0–255|
|Water Mask QA||None||8-bit Unsigned||255||0–255|
250 m Land-Water Mask HDF Science QA Legend
|1||SRTM Water Body Dataset (SWBD) water|
|2||MODIS 250 m Water-hits water|
|3||MODIS 250 m Decision-tree water|
|5||Mosaic of Antarctica (MOA) water|
|253||Area outside of projection|
MODIS Land Products
MODIS Standard Data Products Catalog
EOS Data Products Handbook Volume 1 (2000)
|Earth-Gridded Tile Area||~10° x 10° (at the equator)|
|Image Dimensions||4800 x 4800 rows/columns|
|File Size||~250 KB|
|Science Data Sets (HDF SDS Layers)||2|
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