VIIRS BRDF/Albedo Snow Status data from the VNP43D52 product across the globe on January 1, 2017.View full-size image
The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and Albedo Snow Status product (VNP43D52) 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).
VNP43D52 contains the snow status quality layer, which identifies each pixel as either “Snow-free Albedo Retrieved” or “Snow Albedo Retrieved” for the acquisition period.
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||Suomi NPP VIIRS|
|File Size||~20 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|
|Snow_Status||Snow-free or Snow BRDF/Albedo retrieved||Quality Flag||8-bit unsigned integer||255||N/A||0 to 1||N/A|
|0||Snow-free Albedo Retrieved|
|1||Snow Albedo Retrieved|
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.