Chu, DA, Kaufman, YJ, Ichoku, C, Remer, LA, Tanre, D, Holben, BN (2002). Validation of MODIS aerosol optical depth retrieval over land. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 29(12), 1617.
 Aerosol optical depths ( a) are derived operationally for the first time from the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) measurements over vegetated and partially vegetated land at 0.47 and 0.66 mum wavelengths. The extensive validation made during July - September 2000 encompasses 315 co-located tau(a) in space and time derived by MODIS and AERONET (Aerosol Robotic Network) from more than 30 AERONET sites. The lack of AERONET measurements in East Asia, India and Australia makes this validation unavailable for those regions. The MODIS aerosol retrievals, except in coastal zones, are found within the retrieval errors of Deltatau(a) = +/-0.05 +/-0.2 tau(a). The root mean square (RMS) errors are less than or equal to0.1 in the continental inland regions and up to 0.3 in the coastal regions (attributed mainly to water contaminated signals). With this validation we believe that MODIS aerosol products can be used quantitatively in many applications with caution for possible residual clouds, snow/ice, and water contamination.