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MODIS Standard Scientific Publications

Key MODIS Scientific Publications

  Aerosol (Dark Target)

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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, submitted to AMT, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3263–3275, 2020,

  • 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. 2020, 134, 104345.

  • 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.,

  • 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.

  • Rausch, J., K. Meyer, R. Bennartz, and S. Platnick: Differences in cloud microphysical properties between MODIS Collections 5.1 and 6, AMTD,, 2017.

  • 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 PDF

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  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,
  • Borbas, E.E.; Menzel, P.W. Observed HIRS and Aqua MODIS Thermal Infrared Moisture Determinations in the 2000s.Remote Sens., 2021, 13, 502,
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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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