Abstract 2: 21 October, BMRC, Melbourne

GLOBAL REMOTE SENSING OF SURFACE ALBEDO AND LAND-COVER TYPE FROM THE MODIS INSTRUMENT

The MODIS BRDF/Albedo algorithm provides three global science products at a 1-km resolution every 16 days:

These gridded products are in a sinusoidal tiled projection and HDF-EOS format and have the status Validated, Level 1. The algorithm providing BRDF and albedo fits a semiempirical BRDF model to MODIS observations on a pixel-by-pixel basis. When cloud-free looks are few in number for a pixel, the algorithm uses an adaptive strategy that exploits a BRDF database of prior knowledge.

Global land cover at 1-km spatial resolution is coded according to multiple land cover schemes:

Classification uses a database of MODIS land products assembled each month and taken for one year of observation. A supervised classification algorithm uses decision trees with boosting to estimate anterior probabilities of membership for each pixel in each class, then utilizes prior probabilities from ancillary data and prior land cover products to find posterior probabilities and assign class labels to pixels. The training database includes more than 1500 global training site exemplars assembled using Landsat data and collateral information as available for local regions. Global accuracy is in the range of 75-80 percent for the IGBP classification.


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