Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 2: Using the Data


Published: Aug. 8, 2017

This video focuses on how to use Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Surface Reflectance data products created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). VIIRS is a sensor that flies on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite, which was launched as a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) and NASA. NASA VIIRS Surface Reflectance data products are distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about the definition of “Surface Reflectance”, the types of NASA VIIRS Surface Reflectance data products, and how to apply a scale factor when preparing the data for use will be provided in this video. The video will also explore various surface reflectance band combinations that are beneficial for a variety of science applications as well as where to find resources about processing NASA VIIRS surface reflectance data on the LP DAAC’s website.

Relevant Products

Product Long Name
VNP09A1.001 VIIRS/NPP Surface Reflectance 8-Day L3 Global 1 km SIN Grid
VNP09CMG.001 VIIRS/NPP Surface Reflectance Daily L3 Global 0.05 Deg CMG
VNP09GA.001 VIIRS/NPP Surface Reflectance Daily L2G Global 1 km and 500 m SIN Grid
VNP09H1.001 VIIRS/NPP Surface Reflectance 8-Day L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid


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