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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