The MODIS Atmosphere Aerosol Product (MOD04_L2)
will be produced at the MODAPS facility at the
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
MODAPS will produce 100% of the MOD04_L2 product.
The MOD04_L2 product is only produced for granules where the minimum solar
zenith angle is less than or equal to 72 degrees.
During MODIS simulations it was determined that a maximum of 138 (of the 288 total)
granules per day pass this test.
With each HDF file roughly 10.46 MB in size,
the total data volume is approximately 1.44 GB per day.
The production rules of combined MOD_PR04 and MOD_PR05 are based upon
input time check of required inputs (such as L1B, geolocation and
cloud mask), and solar zenith angle (i.e., the minimum solar
zenith angle retrieved from cloud mask metadata). No retrieval of
aerosol or near-infrared total precipitable water will be performed
if inputs time checking fails, or if minimum solar zenith angle is
greater than 72 degrees. For solar zenith angle greater than 72
degrees, only the MOD_PR05 copying procedure will be executed in order
to copy the total precipitable water derived from infrared channels
from MOD_PR07 (which is processed day and night).
The MOD_PR07 generated HDF file should exist before this process
in order to copy column water vapor results derived from infrared wavelength
to MOD_PR05 HDF file. However, MOD_PR04 and MOD_PR05 processes will still
continue if MOD_PR07 generated HDF file does not exist by simply not
copying the infrared column water vapor results (error message will be
written to LogStatus and Fill value will be filled to the array).
The required inputs are MODIS L1B, geolocation, and cloud mask data data.
Individually, other than the required inputs, for MOD_PR04 aerosol
retrieval, MOD05 near infrared total precipitable water and MOD_PR07 total
ozone are also needed for the gas absorption correction. However, if MOD05
near infrared total precipitable water and/or MOD_PR07 total ozone are not
generated correctly, the MOD_PR04 aerosol retrieval will still continue
to use ancillary inputs (shown below).
continue to check whether ancillary inputs are available (as shown next).
This process requires other ancillary (non-MODIS) inputs as well, such as
NCEP data (and later DAO data becomes available). It is however
that the combined MOD_PR04 and MOD_PR05 process will still continue if
NCEP (or DAO) data is unavailable. In this case, climatological data will
be used instead.
For each execution:
- Input File Characterization
The combined run of MOD_PR04 and MOD_PR05 requires only one granule of
data (e.g., 200 scan lines) at a time, including L1B, geolocation,
and cloud mask. It will process all the granules satisfied by the
production rule. In addition, MOD_PR05 near infrared total precipitable
water and MOD_PR07 total ozone are used as inputs for MOD_PR04 process.
- Ancillary Data Needs
Currently, four ancillary data (i.e., ozone, ice, meteorology and sea
surface temperature and ice) from NCEP are needed. Later, when
DAO data becomes available, it will be used as ancillary inputs.
- Output Product Characterization
Both MOD_PR04 and MOD_PR05 processes generate HDF products (i.e.,
mod04_L2.hdf and mod05_L2.hdf) along with .met metadata files.
Diagnostic files will be generated when debugging mode is turned on.
For each diagnostic file, associated metadata will also be generated.