The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and Albedo white-sky albedo for band M8 (VNP43D73) 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.
VNP43D54 through VNP43D79 are the albedo products of the VNP43D BRDF/Albedo product suite. Black-sky albedo (BSA) and white-sky albedo (WSA) values are provided for the nine VIIRS moderate resolution bands (M1 through M5, M7, M8, M10, and M11) along with the visible, near-infrared (NIR), and shortwave bands included in the VNP43MA3 product. In addition to the bands included in VNP43MA3, this product suite includes albedo values for the VIIRS Day/Night Band (DNB). The black-sky albedo (directional hemispherical reflectance) is defined as albedo in the absence of a diffuse component and is a function of solar zenith angle. White-sky albedo (bihemispherical reflectance) is defined as albedo in the absence of a direct component when the diffuse component is isotropic. Details regarding methodology are available on the VNP43MA3 product page and in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).
VNP43D73 is the WSA for VIIRS band M8 (1.240 μm).
|File Size||~215 MB|
|Temporal Extent||2012-01-19 to Present|
|Coordinate System||Geographic Latitude and Longitude|
|Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers||1|
|Columns/Rows||43200 x 21600|
|Pixel Size||1000 m|
|SDS Name||Description||Units||Data Type||Fill Value||No Data Value||Valid Range||Scale Factor|
|BRDF_Albedo_WSA_M8||White-sky albedo for band M8||N/A||16-bit signed integer||32767||N/A||0 to 32766||0.001|
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.