
Product Summary
The Level3 MODIS Atmosphere Monthly Global Product
contains roughly 800 statistical datasets that are derived from the
Level3 MODIS Atmosphere Daily Global Product.
It should be noted that the content of this product is identical to the EightDay Global Product,
only the temporal scale is different.
There are two MODIS Monthly Global data product files:
MOD08_M3, containing data collected from the Terra platform; and
MYD08_M3, containing data collected from the Aqua platform.
Statistics are sorted into 1x1 degree cells on an equalangle grid
that spans a (calendar) monthly interval and then summarized over the globe.
Computed Statistics
A range of statistical summaries are computed, depending on the parameter being considered.
Statistics for a given measurement might include:
 Simple (mean, minimum, maximum, standard deviation) statistics
 Parameters of normal and lognormal distributions
 Fraction of pixels that satisfy some condition (e.g. cloudy, clear)
 Histograms of the quantity within each grid box
 Histograms of the confidence placed in each measurement
 Histograms and/or regressions derived from comparing one science parameter
to another, statistics may be computed for a subset that satisfies some condition
Data Documentation (Primer on Computation)
Users working with Level3 (L3) Daily, Eightday, or Monthly Global Gridded MODIS data (at 1 degree resolution) are advised to become familiar with the Level3 Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document.
This document details characteristics, properties, and content of Level3 data. Also included in this document are user caveats and frequently asked questions. The L3 ATBD is linked
on the above 'QA Plan & ATBDs' page, as well as individual 'Theoretical Basis' pages in the L3 product sections.
The link for the 'Theoretical Basis' page in the L3 Monthly product section is provided below.
It should be noted that there is only one L3 ATBD for all L3 products (Daily, Eightday, & Monthly).
L3 ATBD (L3 primer)
