VNP43D49 v001

VIIRS/NPP BRDF/Albedo Valid Observation Band M10 Daily L3 Global 30 ArcSec CMG

PI: Crystal Schaaf


The NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and Albedo Valid Observation Band M10 product (VNP43D49) 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 for each of the parameters included in the VNP43MA2 product. VNP43D40 through VNP43D53 are the 30 arc second BRDF/Albedo Quality values, the Local Solar Noon values, the Valid Observations of the moderate resolution bands (M1 through M5, M7, M8, M10, and M11) plus the Day/Night Band (DNB), the Snow Status, and the Uncertainty. Details regarding methodology are available on the VNP43MA2 product page and in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).

VNP43D49 contains the valid observation quality layer representing each of the 16 days of the retrieval period for VIIRS band M10.

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Product Maturity

Validation at stage 3 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
CollectionSuomi NPP VIIRS
File Size~160 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

Layers / Variables

SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor
BRDF_ValidObs_M10 Valid Observations for Band M10 Bit Field 16-bit unsigned integer 0 N/A 1 to 65535 N/A

Quality bit index

Value Description
0 Observation not used
1 Valid clear observation

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 abnormally high activation of the high aerosol flag in the Collection 1 (C1) VNP09 product, has impacted downstream products. The VNP43 BRDF/Albedo/NBAR product is affected by reducing the number of otherwise acceptable observations used as input to characterize surface anisotropy. This effect (most obvious over arid bright surfaces), results in a reduced number of high quality full BRDF model inversions. Therefore, users should be aware that bright arid surfaces (normally associated with high quality BRDF/Albedo/NBAR retrievals) are likely to be somewhat represented by lower quality results in C1. VNP09 has been corrected for Collection 2 (C2). Therefore, users should avoid substantive use of C1 VNP43 over arid regions (and wait for C2 products). In any event, users are always strongly encouraged to download and use the extensive QA data provided in VNP43[I-M]A2, in addition to the briefer mandatory QA provided as part of the VNP43[I-M]A1, 3 and 4 products.

For complete information about known issues please refer to the MODIS/VIIRS Land Quality Assessment website.

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VIIRS BRDF/Albedo Valid Observation Band M10 data from the VNP43D49 product across the globe on January 1, 2017.

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User Guide
Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD)
File Specification

Using the Data

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DOI: 10.5067/VIIRS/VNP43D49.001