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Paper about MODIS Collection 6 Deep Blue, Dark Target, and 'merged' data sets

Example of the merging process for a MODIS Aqua granule over the Sahel.

Example of the merging process for a MODIS Aqua granule over the Sahel. (a) A true-color image and (b) the algorithms selected for each individual retrieval . (c–e) Deep Blue (DB), Dark Target (DT) land/ocean, and merged AOD, respectively. Regions in grey lack valid AOD retrievals.

 

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new paper detailing the Deep Blue aerosol data sets in the Journal of Geophysical Research. The paper includes a validation and three-way comparison between MODIS Collection 6 Deep Blue, Dark Target, and AERONET data. The new 'merged' Deep Blue/Dark Target data set, provided within the Collection 6 data products, is also introduced. Note the analysis deals with MODIS Aqua data only. The reference for the paper is as follows:
 
Sayer, A. M., L. A. Munchak, N. C. Hsu, R. C. Levy, C. Bettenhausen, and M.-J. Jeong (2014), MODIS Collection 6 aerosol products: Comparison between Aqua's e-Deep Blue, Dark Target, and “merged” data sets, and usage recommendations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 13,965–13,989, doi:10.1002/2014JD022453