VNP43D15 v001

VIIRS/NPP BRDF/Albedo Parameter 3 Band M5 Daily L3 Global 30 ArcSec CMG

PI: Crystal Schaaf


The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and Albedo Model Parameter 3 Band M5 product (VNP43D15) is produced daily using 16 days of data at 30 arc second (1,000 meter) resolution. Data are temporally weighted to the ninth day, which is reflected in the file name. The VNP43D product suite is provided in a Climate Modeling Grid (CMG), which covers the entire globe for use in climate simulation models. Due to the large file size, each VNP43D product contains just one data layer. Each of the three model parameters (isotropic, volumetric, and geometric) for each of the nine VIIRS moderate resolution bands along with the visible, near-infrared (NIR), and shortwave bands included in the VNP43MA1 product is stored in a separate file as VNP43D01 through VNP43D36. In addition to the bands included in VNP43MA1, this product suite includes model parameters for the VIIRS Day/Night Band (DNB) as VNP43D37 through VNP43D39. Details regarding methodology are available on the VNP43MA1 product page and in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).

VNP43D15 is the BRDF geometric parameter for VIIRS band M5 (0.672 μm). The geometric parameter, in conjunction with the isotropic and volumetric parameters, is used to derive the BRDF/Albedo values for VIIRS band M5.

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Product Maturity

Validation at Stage 1 has been achieved for the VIIRS BRDF/Albedo product suite. Visit the VIIRS Land Product Quality Assessment website for additional information on validation and product maturity status.

Collection and Granule


Characteristic Description
CollectionS-NPP VIIRS
File Size~200 MB
Temporal ResolutionDaily
Temporal Extent2012-01-19 to Present
Spatial ExtentGlobal
Coordinate SystemGeographic Latitude and Longitude
File FormatHDF-EOS5
Geographic DimensionsGlobal


Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers1
Columns/Rows43200 x 21600
Pixel Size1000 m


SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor
BRDF_Albedo_Parameter3_M5 BRDF model parameter for geo kernel of Band M5 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 32766 0.001

Product Quality

Quality information for the VIIRS BRDF/Albedo product suite is provided in VNP43D40 and VNP43D53 as described in Table 8 of the ATBD. Product accuracy/uncertainty information can be found in section 4.

Known Issues

The VIIRS Land Surface Reflectance product (VNP09) flags a larger number of retrievals as ‘High Aerosol’ in the quality layer as compared to the MODIS reflectance product. The inaccurately flagged high aerosol quality flags cause the BRDF retrieval algorithm to incorrectly reject the observations and switch from full inversion (high quality retrieval) to magnitude inversion (low quality retrieval) in the mid to high latitude, arid lands, and tropical vegetative regions.


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DOI: 10.5067/VIIRS/VNP43D15.001

About the Image

VIIRS BRDF/Albedo Parameter 3 Band M5 data from the VNP43D15 product across the globe on January 1, 2017.

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