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MODIS-VIIRS Atmosphere Science Publications

Key Atmosphere Scientific Publications

  Aerosol (Dark Target)

  • Remer, L., Levy, R., Mattoo, S., Sawyer, V., Shi, Y., Patadia, F., Gupta, P., Kleidman, R.,  2020:  The Dark Target Algorithm for Observing the Global Aerosol System: Past, Present, and Future.   View PDF
  • Gupta, P., Remer, L. A., Levy, R. C., & Mattoo, S., 2018:  Validation of MODIS 3 km land aerosol optical depth from NASA's EOS Terra and Aqua missions. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11(5), 3145 - 3159. presented at the Jan-01-2018. doi:10.5194/amt-11-3145-2018  View PDF
  • Levy, R. C. (2017). The Dark Target aerosol retrieval algorithm: From EOS to SNPP and Beyond. (S. Mattoo, Sawyer, V. R., Shi, Y., Patadia, F., Gupta, P., Kleidman, R. G., & Remer, L., Eds.) AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. View Web Reference
  • Gupta, P. (2016). A surface reflectance scheme for retrieving aerosol optical depth over urbansurfaces in MODIS Dark Target retrieval algorithm. (R. C. Levy, Mattoo, S., Remer, L. A., & Munchak, L. A., Eds.)Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9(7), 3293 - 3308. presented at the Jan-01-2016. doi:10.5194/amt-9-3293-2016   View PDF
  • Levy, R. C., Munchak, L. A., Mattoo, S., Patadia, F., Remer, L. A., & Holz, R. E., 2015:  Towards a long-term global aerosol optical depth record: applying a consistent aerosol retrieval algorithm to MODIS and VIIRS-observed reflectance. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8, 4083–4110. doi:10.5194/amt-8-4083-2015.  View PDF
  • Sayer, A. M., Munchak, L. A., Hsu, N. C., Levy, R. C., Bettenhausen, C., & Jeong, M. J., 2014:  MODIS Collection 6 aerosol products: Comparison between Aqua's e-Deep Blue, Dark Target, and “merged” data sets, and usage recommendations. Journal Of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 13965-13989. doi:10.1002/2014JD022453.  View PDF
  • Levy, R. C., Mattoo, S., Munchak, L. A., Remer, L. A., Sayer, A. M., Patadia, F., & Hsu, N. C., 2013:  The Collection 6 MODIS aerosol products over land and ocean. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 6, 2989–3034. doi:10.5194/amt-6-2989-2013.  View PDF

  Aerosol (Deep Blue)

  • Sayer, A. M., N. C. Hsu, C. Bettenhausen, J. Lee, W. V. Kim, and A. Smirnov (2018),  Satellite Ocean Aerosol Retrieval (SOAR) Algorithm Extension to S-NPP VIIRS as Part of the “Deep Blue” Aerosol Project, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123, doi:10.1002/2017JD027412. View Web Paper
  • Lee, J., N. C. Hsu, A. M. Sayer, C. Bettenhausen, and p. Yang (2017), AERONET-based nonspherical dust optical models and effects on the VIIRS Deep Blue/SOAR over water aerosol product. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122. doi:10.1002/2017JD027258. View Web Paper
  • Sayer, A. M., N. C. Hsu, C. Bettenhausen, R. E. Holz, J. Lee, G. Quinn, and P. Veglio (2017),  Cross-calibration of S-NPP VIIRS moderate-resolution reflective solar bands against MODIS Aqua over dark water scenes, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1425-1444, doi:10.5194/amt-10-1425-2017. View Web Paper
  • Sayer, A. M., N. C. Hsu, C. Bettenhausen, M.-J. Jeong, and G. Meister, 2015:  Effect of MODIS Terra radiometric calibration improvements on Collection 6 Deep Blue aerosol products: Validation and Terra/Aqua consistency, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023878.  View PDF
  • Sayer, A. M., N. C. Hsu, and C. Bettenhausen (2015), Implications of MODIS bow-tie distortion on aerosol optical depth retrievals, and techniques for mitigation, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5277-5288, doi:10.5194/amt-8-5277-2015.   View Web Paper
  • Sayer, A. M., L. A. Munchak, N. C. Hsu, R. C. Levy, C. Bettenhausen, and M.-J. Jeong, 2014:  MODIS Collection 6 aerosol products: Comparison between Aqua's e-Deep Blue, Dark Target, and "merged" data sets, and usage recommendations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 13965–13989, doi:10.1002/2014JD022453.  View PDF

  Cloud Top Properties

  • Heidinger, Andrew K.; Bearson, Nicholas; Foster, Michael J.; Li, Yue; Wanzong, Steve; Ackerman, Steven; Holz, Robert E.; Platnick, Steven and Meyer, Kerry. Using sounder data to improve cirrus cloud height estimation from satellite imagers. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Volume: 36, 2019, pp.1331-1342. Reprint # 8399. View PDF
  • Hamann, U., A. Walther, B. Baum, R. Bennartz, L. Bugliaro, M. Derrien, P. N. Francis, A. Heidinger, S. Joro, A. Kniffka, H. Le Gléau, M. Lockhoff, H.-J. Lutz, J. F. Meirink, P. Minnis, R. Palikonda,
R. Roebeling, A. Thoss, S. Platnick, P. Watts, and G. Wind, 2014: Remote sensing of the cloud top pressure/height from SEVIRI: Analysis of ten current retrieval algorithms, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 2839–2867,doi:10.5194/amt-7-2839-2014.   View PDF
  • Baum, B., W. P. Menzel, R. Frey, D. Tobin, R. Holz, S. Ackerman, 2012:  MODIS Cloud Top Property Refinements for Collection 6. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51, 1145-1163, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-11-0203.1.  View PDF

  Cloud Optical Properties

  • Platnick, S.; Meyer, K.; Wind, G.; Holz, R.E.; Amarasinghe, N.; Hubanks, P.A.; Marchant, B.; Dutcher, S.; Veglio, P. The NASA MODIS-VIIRS Continuity Cloud Optical Properties Products. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 2.   View PDF
  • Wind, G., Platnick, S., Meyer, K., Arnold, T., Amarasinghe, N., Marchant, B., Wang, C. The CHIMAERA system for retrievals of cloud top, optical and microphysical properties from imaging sensors. Comput. Geosci. 2021, 149, 104710. View PDF
  • Meyer, K.; Platnick, S.; Holz, R.; Dutcher, S.; Quinn, G.; Nagle, F. Derivation of Shortwave Radiometric Adjustments for SNPP and NOAA-20 VIIRS for the NASA MODIS-VIIRS Continuity Cloud Products. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 4096.   View PDF
  • Platnick S.; Meyer, K.; Amarasinghe, N.; Wind, G.; Hubanks, P.A.; Holz, R.E. Sensitivity of Multispectral Imager Liquid Water Cloud Microphysical Retrievals to the Index of Refraction. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 4165.   View PDF
  • Marchant, B., S. Platnick, K. Meyer, G. Wind: Evaluation of the Aqua MODIS Collection 6.1 multilayer cloud detection algorithm through comparisons with CloudSat CPR and CALIPSO CALIOP products, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3263–3275, 2020.   View PDF
  • Witte, M. K., T. Yuan, P. Y. Chuang, S. E. Platnick, K. G. Meyer, G. Wind, and H. H. Jonsson, 2018: MODIS retrievals of cloud effective radius in marine stratocumulus exhibit no significant bias, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2018GL079325.   View Web Paper
  • Zhang, Z., X. Dong, B. Xi, H. Song, P.-L. Ma, S. J. Ghan, S. Platnick, and P. Minnis (2017), Intercomparisons of marine boundary layer cloud properties from the ARM CAP-MBL campaign and two MODIS cloud products, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 2351–2365, doi:10.1002/2016JD025763.   View Web Paper
  • Rausch, J., K. Meyer, R. Bennartz, and S. Platnick: Differences in cloud microphysical properties between MODIS Collections 5.1 and 6, AMTD,  doi:10.5194/amt-10-2105-2017, 2017.  View PDF
  • Platnick, S., K. Meyer, M. D. King, G. Wind, N. Amarasinghe, B. Marchant, G. T. Arnold, Z. Zhang, P. A. Hubanks, R. E. Holz, P. Yang, W. L. Ridgway, and J. Riedi, 2017:  The MODIS cloud optical and microphysical products: Collection 6 updates and examples from Terra and Aqua. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 55, 502-525, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2016.2610522.  View Web Paper
  • Holz, R. E., S. Platnick, K. Meyer, M. Vaughan, A. Heidinger, P. Yang, G. Wind, S. Dutcher, S. Ackerman, N. Amarasinghe, F. Nagle, and C. Wang, 2016: Resolving cirrus optical depth biases between CALIOP and MODIS using IR retrievals.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, doi:10.5194/acp-16-5075-2016.   View PDF
  • Marchant, B., S. Platnick, K. Meyer, G.T. Arnold, and J. Riedi. MODIS Collection 6 shortwave-derived cloud phase classification algorithm and comparisons with CALIOP, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1587–1599, 2016, doi:10.5194/amt-9-1587-2016.   View PDF
  • Cho, H.-M., Z. Zhang, K. Meyer, M. Lebsock, S. Platnick, A. S. Ackerman, L. Di Girolamo, L. C. Labonnote, C. Cornet, J. Riedi, R. E. Holz, 2015: Frequency and causes of failed MODIS cloud property retrievals for liquid phase clouds over global oceans. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2015JD023161. View Web Paper

  Atmospheric Profile

  • Borbas, E.E., Weisz, E., Moeller, C., Menzel, W.P., and Baum, B.A. Improvement in tropospheric moisture retrievals from VIIRS through the use of infrared absorption bands constructed from VIIRS and CrIS data fusion.  Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1191–1203, 2021. doi: 10.5194/amt-14-1191-2021 View PDF
  • Borbas, E.E.; Menzel, P.W. Observed HIRS and Aqua MODIS Thermal Infrared Moisture Determinations in the 2000s.Remote Sens., 2021, 13, 502, doi: 10.3390/rs13030502   View PDF
  • Moeller, C., R. Frey, E. Borbas, W. P. Menzel, T. Wilson, A. Wu, X. Geng, 2017:  Improvements to Terra MODIS L1B, L2, and L3 science products through using crosstalk corrected L1B radiances, Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII; doi: 10.1117/12.2274340.  View PDF
  • Seemann, S.W., E.E. Borbas, R.O. Knuteson, G. R. Stephenson, H.- L. Huang, 2008:  Development of a global infrared land surface emissivity database for clear sky atmospheric sounding retrievals from satellite-based radiance measurements. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology,  doi:10.1175/2007JAM1590.1,Volume 47. No. 1, January 2008, 108-123.  View PDF
  • Seemann, S.W., J. Li, W.P. Menzel, and L.E. Gumley, 2003:  Operational Retrieval of Atmospheric Temperature, Moisture, and Ozone from MODIS Infrared Radiances. J. Appl. Meteor., 42, 1072–1091, View PDF

  Cloud Mask

  • Frey, R.A.; Ackerman, S.A.; Holz, R.E.; Dutcher, S.; Griffith, Z. The Continuity MODIS-VIIRS Cloud Mask. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 3334. doi: 10.3390/rs12203334   View PDF
  • Frey, R. A., S. A. Ackerman, Y H. Liu, K. I. Strabala, H. Zhang, J. R. Key, and X. G. Wang, 2008:  Cloud detection with MODIS. Part I: Improvements in the MODIS cloud mask for collection 5. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 25(7), 1057-1072.   View PDF
  • Ackerman, S. A., R. E. Holz, R. Frey, E. W. Eloranta, B. C. Maddux, and M. McGill, 2008:  Cloud detection with MODIS. Part II: Validation. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 25(7), 1073-1086.  View PDF


  • King, M. D., S. Platnick, W. P. Menzel, S. A. Ackerman, and P. A. Hubanks, 2013:  Spatial and temporal distribution of clouds observed by MODIS onboard the Terra and Aqua satellites. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 51, 3826–3852.   View PDF

  Level-3 COSP

  • Swales, D. J., R. Pincus, and A. Bodas-Salcedo, 2018: The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Observational Simulator Package Version 2 (COSP V2). Geosci. Model Dev.. 11, 77-81, doi:10.5194/10.5194/gmd-11-77-2018   View PDF
  • Pincus, R., S. Platnick, S. A. Ackerman, R. S. Hemler, and R. J. P. Hofmann, 2012: Reconciling simulated and observed views of clouds: MODIS, ISCCP, and the limits of instrument simulators. J. Climate, 25, 4699-4720. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00267.1   View PDF
  • Bodas-Salcedo, A. et al, 2011: COSP: Satellite simulation software for model assessment (COSP). Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 92, 1023-1043. doi:10.1175/2011BAMS2856.1   View PDF




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