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Gao, F, Schaaf, CB, Strahler, AH, Roesch, A, Lucht, W, Dickinson, R (2005). MODIS bidirectional reflectance distribution function and albedo Climate Modeling Grid products and the variability of albedo for major global vegetation types. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 110(D1), D01104.

Global land surface albedo data sets derived from the Terra Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from March 2000 to present have been completed for ready use by the global modeling community. This paper describes these albedo and bidirectional reflectance distribution function Climate Modeling Grid products and their variability within major global vegetation types. Preliminary results based on collection 4 data reveal that these coarse resolution (0.05degrees), geographic (latitude/longitude), global albedos have spatial and temporal patterns appropriate for the underlying land cover classes, further encouraging modelers to introduce albedos as functions of ground cover, geographic location, temporal season, and spatial resolution in the various climate-modeling schemes.



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