VNP43IA3 v001

VIIRS/NPP Albedo Daily L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid


PI: Crystal Schaaf

Description

The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and Albedo (VNP43IA3) Version 1 product provides albedo values at 500 meter (m) resolution for the bihemispherical reflectance white-sky albedo (WSA) and directional hemispherical reflectance black-sky albedo (BSA) at local solar noon. The VNP43IA3 product is produced daily using 16 days of VIIRS data and is weighted temporally to the ninth day, which is reflected in the file name. The VNP43 data products are designed to promote the continuity of NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) BRDF/Albedo data product suite.

The VNP43 algorithm uses the RossThick/Li-Sparse-Reciprocal (RTLSR) semi-empirical kernel-driven BRDF model, with the three kernel weights from VNP43IA1 to reconstruct surface anisotropic effects, correcting the directional reflectance to a common view geometry (VNP43IA4), while also computing integrated black-sky albedo (BSA) at local solar noon and white-sky albedo (WSA) (VNP43IA3). Researchers can use the BRDF model parameters with a simple polynomial, to obtain black-sky albedo at any solar illumination angle. Likewise, both the BSA and WSA Science Dataset (SDS) layers can be used with a simple polynomial, to manually estimate instantaneous actual albedo (blue-sky albedo). Additional details regarding the methodology are available in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).

The VNP43IA3 product provides a total of 9 SDS layers including: BSA, WSA, and mandatory quality layers for VIIRS imagery bands: I1, I2, and I3. A low-resolution browse image is also available showing retrievals of WSA for band I1 in JPEG format.

Characteristics

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

Collection

Characteristic Description
CollectionS-NPP VIIRS
DOI10.5067/VIIRS/VNP43IA3.001
File Size~38 MB
Temporal ResolutionDaily
Temporal Extent2012-01-19 to Present
Spatial ExtentGlobal
Coordinate SystemSinusoidal
DatumN/A
File FormatHDF-EOS5
Geographic Dimensions1200 km x 1200 km

Granule

Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers9
Columns/Rows2400 x 2400
Pixel Size500 m

Layers

SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor Additional Offset
Albedo_BSA_I1 BSA (at local solar noon) for band I1 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 1000 0.001 N/A
Albedo_BSA_I2 BSA (at local solar noon) for band I2 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 1000 0.001 N/A
Albedo_BSA_I3 BSA (at local solar noon) for band I3 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 1000 0.001 N/A
Albedo_WSA_I1 WSA for band I1 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 1000 0.001 N/A
Albedo_WSA_I2 WSA for band I2 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 1000 0.001 N/A
Albedo_WSA_I3 WSA for band I3 N/A 16-bit signed integer 32767 N/A 0 to 1000 0.001 N/A
BRDF_Albedo_Band_Mandatory_Quality_I1 BRDF/Albedo mandatory quality band for I1 N/A 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 1 N/A N/A
BRDF_Albedo_Band_Mandatory_Quality_I2 BRDF/Albedo mandatory quality band for I2 N/A 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 1 N/A N/A
BRDF_Albedo_Band_Mandatory_Quality_I3 BRDF/Albedo mandatory quality band for I3 N/A 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 1 N/A N/A

Product Quality

Product Quality information can be found in the ATBD in Table 9 on page 23. Product accuracy/uncertainty information can be found in section 4 on pages 20-22. Additional quality information can be found in the VNP43IA2 data product.

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Documentation

Using the Data

Tools

Citation

DOI: 10.5067/VIIRS/VNP43IA3.001

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