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Users Guides 

  Cloud Optical Properties

  • Cloud Product - C6 & C6.1 Cloud Optical Properties (v1.1)
    Platnick, Meyer, King, Wind, et. al,   July 2018
    Cloud Optical Properties - Collection 6 & 6.1 Users Guide. 
    Products: 06_L2 (Cloud Optical Properties). View PDF

LUT Overview Document 

  • Overview of the MODIS Collection 6 Cloud Optical Property (MOD06) Retrieval Look-up Tables View PDF (v1, 6/28/17)


Scientific Publications

  Cloud Top Properties

  • 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., 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


Algorithm Theoretical Basis Documents

  Cloud Top Properties

  • Cloud Product - C006 Cloud Top Properties & Cloud Phase ATBD  (Updated May 2015) 
    Menzel, Frey, Baum, 2015:
    Cloud Top Properties and Cloud Phase - Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document.
    Products: 06_L2 (CT).   View PDF

  Cloud Optical Properties

  • Cloud Product - C5 / C51 Cloud Optical Properties ATBD
    King, Tsay, Platnick, Wang, & Liou:
    Cloud Retrieval Algorithms for MODIS: Optical Thickness, Effective Particle Radius, and Thermodynamic Phase.
    Products: 06_L2 (OD).   View PDF
  • C5 Cloud Phase Decision-Tree Flow Chart  View PDF


 QA Plan

  • MODIS Atmosphere QA Plan for Collection 061
    (includes Cloud Optical Property update)
    Version 11 (22 Sep 2021)
    Hubanks,  View PDF


Historical Documentation (Previous Collections)

  • Collection 005 Change Summary for the MODIS Cloud Optical Property (06_OD) Algorithm
    Version 3.1 (9 May 2006)
    King, View PDF
  • Collection 005 Cloud Phase Flow Chart
    King, View PDF