spacer image
spacer image
spacer image
spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image
MODIS Land Team text, links to MODIS Land home page
MODIS Land Validation home page banner image
part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner
part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner part of web site banner
spacer image

 

Status for: BRDF/Albedo (MCD43)

 
General Accuracy Statement

Validation at stage 3 has been achieved for the albedo product (MCD43). The accuracy of the high quality 500m MODIS operational albedo is well less than 5% albedo at the majority of the validation sites studied thus far, and even those albedo values with low quality flags have been found to be primarily within 10% of the field data.

Data with solar zenith angles greater than 70 degrees should be considered suspect.

Note that MCD43B products have been discontinued, as they were merely averages of the MCD43A products and were of significantly poorer quality. MCD43D* 30arc second products should be considered instead. In all cases, only V006 products should be used for all research efforts.


Product status updated:  October 2019
Product version:  Collection 6

 
Supporting Studies:
 

Title: Capturing rapid land surface dynamics with Collection V006 MODIS BRDF/NBAR/Albedo (MCD43) products
Author: Wang, Z., C.B. Schaaf, Q. Sun, Y. Shuai, M.O. Román
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 207, pp. 50-64, 2018
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Evaluation of MODIS albedo product (MCD43A) over grassland, agriculture and forest surface types during dormant and snow-covered periods
Author: Wang, Z., C.B. Schaaf, A.H. Strahler, M.J. Chopping, M.O. Román, Y. Shuai, C.E. Woodcock, D.Y. Hollinger, D.R. Fitzjarrald
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, 60-77, 2014.
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Re-evaluation of MODIS MCD43 Greenland albedo accuracy and trends
Author: Stroeve,J., J. E. Box, Z. Wang, C. Schaaf, A. Barrett
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 138, 199-214, 2013
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Use of In Situ and Airborne Multiangle Data to Assess MODIS- and Landsat-Based Estimates of Directional Reflectance and Albedo
Author: Román,M. O., C. K. Gatebe, Y. Shuai, Z. Wang, F. Gao, J. Masek, T. He, S. Liang, C. B. Schaaf
Source: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(3), 1393-1404, 10.1109/TGRS.2013.2243457, 2013
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Intercomparison of MODIS albedo retrievals and in situ measurements across the global FLUXNET network
Author: Alessandro Cescatti, Barbara Marcolla, Suresh K. Santhana Vannan, Jerry Yun Pan, Miguel O. Román, Xiaoyuan Yang, Philippe Ciais, Robert B. Cook, Beverly E. Law, Giorgio Matteucci, Mirco Migliavacca, Eddy Moors, Andrew D. Richardson, G ünther Seufert, Crystal B. Schaaf
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment 121 (2012) 323-334
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Evaluation of Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) snow albedo product (MCD43A) over tundra
Author: Wang, Z., C. B. Schaaf, M. J. Chopping, A. H. Strahler, J. Wang, M. O.Román, A. V. Rocha, C. E. Woodcock,Y. Shuai
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 117, 264-280, 2012.
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Commentary on Wang and Zender-MODIS snow albedo bias at high solar zenith angles relative to theory and to in situ observations in Greenland
Author: Schaaf, C. B., Z. Wang and A. H. Strahler
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 1296-1300, 2011
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: The MODIS (Collection V005) BRDF/albedo product: Assessment of spatial representativeness over forested landscapes
Author: Miguel O. Román, Crystal B. Schaaf, Curtis E. Woodcock, Alan H. Strahler, Xiaoyuan Yang, Rob H. Braswell, Peter S. Curtis, Kenneth J. Davis, Danilo Dragoni, Michael L. Goulden, Lianhong Gu, David Y. Hollinger, Thomas E. Kolb, Tilden P. Meyers, J. William Munger, Jeffrey L. Privette, Andrew D. Richardson, Tim B. Wilson, Steven C. Wofsy
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 113 (2009), pp. 2476-2498
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Validation of MODIS Albedo Retrieval Algorithm: Dependence of Albedo on Solar Zenith Angle
Author: Jicheng Liu, C. Schaaf, A. Strahler, Z. Jiao, Y. Shuai, Q. Zhang, M. Román, J. A. Augustine, and E. G. Dutton
Source: J. Geophys. Res., 114, D01106, doi:10.1029/2008JD009969
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Assessing the coupling between surface albedo derived from MODIS and the fraction of diffuse skylight over spatially-characterized landscapes
Author: Román, M. O., C. B. Schaaf, P. Lewis, F. Gao, G. P. Anderson, J. L. Privette, A. H. Strahler, C. E. Woodcock, M. Barnsley
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2009.11.014,2009
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Radiative impact of boreal smoke in the Arctic: Observed and modeled
Author: R. S. Stone, G. P. Anderson, E. P. Shettle, E. Andrews, K. Loukachine
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 113, D14S16, doi:10.1029/2007JD009657, 2008
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Retrieval fo Surface Albedo from Satellite Sensors
Author: Schaaf, C. L., J. Martonchik, B. Pinty, Y. Govaerts, F. Gao, A. Lattanzio, J. Liu, A. H. Strahler, and M. Taberner,
Source: in Advances in Land Remote Sensing: System, Modeling, Inversion and Application (Chapter 9)
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Quality assessment of BRDF/albedo retrievals in MODIS operational system
Author: Yanmin Shuai, Crystal B. Schaaf, Alan H. Strahler, Jicheng Liu, and Ziti Jiao
Source: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 35, L05407, doi:10.1029/2007GL032568, 2008
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Aircraft measurements of spectral surface albedo and its consistency with ground-based and space-borne observations
Author: Odele Coddington, K. Sebastian Schmidt, Peter Pilewskie, Warren J. Gore, Robert W. Bergstrom, Miguel Román, Jens Redemann, Philip B. Russell, Jicheng Liu, and Crystal C. Schaaf
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 113, D17209, doi:10.1029/2008JD010089, 2008
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Surface BRDF estimation from an aircraft compared to MODIS and ground estimates at the Southern Great Plains site
Author: Kirk D. Knobelspiesse, Brian Cairns, M. Román, C. B. Schaaf, and B. Schmid
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D20105, doi:10.1029/2008JD010062, 2008
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Analysis of the in-situ and MODIS albedo variability at multiple time scales in the Sahel
Author: Samain O., L. Kergoat, P. Hiernaux, F. Guichard, E. Mougin, F. Timouk, and F. Lavenu
Source: J. Geophys. Res., 113 (2008), D14119, doi:10.1029/2007JD009174.
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Changes in surface albedo after fire in boreal forest ecosystems of interior Alaska assessed using MODIS satellite observations
Author: Evan A. Lyons, Yufang Jin, and James T. Randerson
Source: J. Geophys. Res., 113 (2008), G02012, doi:10.1029/2007JG000606
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Validation of MODIS Albedo Products of Paddy Fields in Japan
Author: J. Susaki, Y. Yasuoka, K. Kajiwara, Y. Honda, and K. Hara
Source: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2007, vol. 45, no1, pp. 206-217, ISSN 0196-2892
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Validation of the MODIS Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function and Albedo Retrievals Using Combined Observations From the Aqua and Terra Platforms
Author: Jonathan G. Salomon, Crystal B. Schaaf, Alan H. Strahler, Feng Gao, Yufang Jin
Source: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 44, No. 6, June 2006, p. 1555
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Accuracy assessment of the MODIS 16-day albedo product for snow: comparisons with Greenland in situ measurements
Author: Julienne Stroeve , Jason E. Box, Feng Gao, Shunlin Liang, Anne Nolin, Crystal Schaaf
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 94, 46-60, 2005
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Validation of the MODIS global land surface albedo product using ground measurements in a semidesert region on the Tibetan Plateau
Author: Kaicun Wang, Jingmiao Liu, Xiuji Zhou, Michael Sparrow, Min Ma, Zhian Sun, and Wenhua Jiang
Source: J. Geophys. Res., 109, D05107, doi:10.1029/2003JD004229, 2004
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Use of Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer bidirectional reflectance distribution function products to enhance simulated surface albedos
Author: Andreas Roesch, Crystal Schaaf, and Feng Gao
Source: J. Geophys. Res., 109, D12105, doi:10.1029/2004JD004552, 2004
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Comparison of MODIS broadband albedo over an agricultural site with ground measurements and values derived from Earth observation data at a range of spatial scales
Author: M. Disney, P. Lewis, G. Thackrah, T. Quaife, M. Barnsley
Source: Int. J. Remote Sensing, 10 December, 2004, vol. 25, no. 23, pp. 5297-5317
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Consistency of MODIS surface BRDF/Albedo retrievals: 2. Validation
Author: Jin, Y., C. B. Schaaf, C. E. Woodcock, F. Gao, X. Li, A. H. Strahler, W. Lucht, S. Liang
Source: J. Geophys. Res., 108(D5), 4159, doi:10.1029/2002JD002804, 2003b
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Consistency of MODIS surface BRDF/Albedo retrievals: 1. Algorithm performance
Author: Jin, Y., C. B. Schaaf, C. E. Woodcock, F. Gao, X. Li, A. H. Strahler, W. Lucht, S. Liang
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 108, 4158, 13 pp., 2003, doi:10.1029/2002JD002803
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Title: Validating MODIS Land Surface Reflectance and Albedo Products: Methods and Preliminary Results
Author: Liang, S., H. Fang, M. Chen, C. J. Shuey, C. Walthall, C. Daughtry, J. Morisette, C. Schaaf and A. Strahler
Source: Remote Sensing of Environment, 83, 149-162, 2002
View Summary Results From This Document
 
Additional Validation and Product Quality
 
PI Maintained Validation Page


USAGov logo, go to USAGov page

+ NASA Privacy Statement, Disclaimer,
spacerand Accessibility Certification

image of NASA logo
Curator: Jaime Nickeson
NASA Official: Sadashiva Devadiga
Last Updated: November 4, 2019
spacer image
spacer image