See the Known Problem pages for the input (upstream) Level-2 products 04_L2 (Aerosol), 05_L2 (Water Vapor), 06_L2 (Cloud), 07_L2 (Profiles), and 35_L2 (Cloud Mask) by clicking on the links to the left. Users should make themselves aware of any issues in the upstream data products.
The Monthly Global Joint Product contains roughly 800 statistical datasets derived from Level-2 MODIS Atmosphere parameters that are summarized over a monthly period. It should be noted that the content of this product is identical to the Eight-Day Global Joint Product, except for the time period covered. The ESDT names are MOD08_M3 (Terra) and MYD08_M3 (Aqua).
L3 Monthly Data Issues
Below are some sample images from the MODIS L3 Monthly (08_M3) Product. Data shown was post processed to show seasonal means over a multiyear period. The parameter displayed is Cloud Fraction derived from the Cloud Mask for daytime.
Key MODIS Scientific Publications
Level-3 Global Gridded Daily, Eight Day, Monthly Product (08_D3, 08_E3, 08_M3)
MODIS Atmosphere L3 Monthly Global Product
Dataset Short Name:
MOD08_M3 (Terra Platform)
MYD08_M3 (Aqua Platform)
Dataset Long Name:
MODIS/Terra Level-3 (L3) Atmosphere Monthly Global Product
MODIS/Aqua Level-3 (L3) Atmosphere Monthly Global Product
(1x1 degree Resolution)
L3 Monthly (08_M3) File Specification
(Common Data Language (CDL) Format)
The link below allows one to download and view the complete Common Data Language (CDL) file specification. This file spec gives a complete description of the MODIS Atmosphere Monthly (08_M3) HDF product file, including all the Scientific Data Sets and their local attributes.
L3 Monthly (08_M3) C6.1 File Spec (2.1 MB)
Monthly Product (08_M3) File Format Basics
MODIS Atmosphere Monthly (08_M3) product files are stored in Hierarchical Data Format (HDF). HDF is a multi-object file format for sharing scientific data in multi-platform distributed environments. HDF files should only be accessed through HDF library subroutine and function calls, which can be downloaded from the HDF web site.