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Collection 006 Known Problems

  • Suspect Atmosphere Profile Retrievals at Night

    Description: There was a problem in the Collection 6 (C6) Atmosphere Profile Product for nighttime data only. In the nighttime granules, an error occurred in selecting the proper GDAS (NCEP 1-Degree Global Data Assimilation Model) re-analyses ancillary data file. Instead of selecting the file closest in time with a less than 3 hour time differences between the GDAS time and the granule time, the algorithm selected the wrong GDAS file time resulting in as much as a 6 hour time difference. The MOD07 algorithm uses the surface pressure variable of the GDAS reanalyses to determine the lowest level of the atmospheric temperature, moisture, and ozone profiles. To set the lowest level as accurate as possible is very important for integrating the water vapor content of the column and the layer mean of water vapor close to the surface. The error affected the 07 L2 SDS's "Surface_Pressure", "Water_Vapor", "Water_Vapor_Low" as well as levels of the Temperature Profile and Moisture Profile close to the surface. The values were just "marginally off" but affected all granules globally.

    Impact: Moderate

    Data Dates Affected: 7/2002-7/2014

    Platform Affected: Aqua (Nighttime Granules) Only

    PGE Version Production Dates   PGE Version Production Dates
    ≤ PGE03 v6.0.39 ≤ 2014 182 (7/1/2014)   ≥ PGE03 v6.0.40 ≥ 2014 190 (7/9/2014)

PGE Version History Summary

Shown below is a bar chart graphic summarizing the latest Product Generation Executive (PGE) Version used to produce Collection 6 (C6) 07_L2 HDF files available for public distribution (download) in the LAADS data archive. This graphical representation gives MODIS data users a summary guide (digestable at a glance) on how the PGE Version varies across the multi-year data record. Each PGE version contains a unique set of fixes and improvments and show where data quality discontinuities can occur. If MODIS data users have older versions of any of the data shown below, they should download the newer (more correct) version from either: LAADS FTP (Download C6 MYD07_L2 Data) or LAADS Web (Search & Order MODIS Data)

Aqua Daytime Granules:

Aqua Nighttime Granules:


How to Track MODIS Data File "Versions" (Important for Tracking Problems and Fixes)

Problems and fixes in MODIS Atmosphere Product HDF files can be tracked in one of two ways:

  1. the Product Generation Executive (PGE) Version Number that can be queried from any HDF file using the command:
      ncdump -h *.hdf
  2. the HDF File "Production Date".

The HDF File "Production Date", which is the date the HDF file was actually generated or produced, can be found in the HDF filename itself (shown in green color below):
Level 2 Product Names:

Level 3 Product Names:

Note that 1.) all times are UTC time, not local time 2.) the DDD in the date denotes the Julian Date (001-366), and 3.) the MOD06_L2 (or MOD08_D3) prefix is only an example (MYD04_L2, MOD05_L2, MYD05_L2, MYD06_L2, etc. ... or MYD08_D3, MOD08_E3, MYD08_E3, MOD08_M3, MYD08_M3 could be substituted).

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