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Quality assessment and validation of the MODIS global land surface temperature
As they relate to the validation of MOD11

Authors: Zhengming Wan, Yulin Zhang, Qincheng Zhang, Zhao-liang Li

Source: Int. J. Remote Sensing, 10 January, 2004, Vol. 25, No. 1, 261-274

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This paper presents an evaluation of the Earth Observing System (EOS) Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) thermal infrared bands and the status of land surface temperature (LST) version-3 standard products retrieved from Terra MODIS data. The accuracy of daily MODIS LST products has been validated in more than 20 clear-sky cases with in situ measurement data collected in field campaigns in 20002002. The MODIS LST accuracy is better than 1 deg C in the range from 210 to 50 deg C. Refinements and improvements were made to the new version of MODIS LST product generation executive code. Using both Terra and Aqua MODIS data for LST retrieval improves the quality of the LST product and the diurnal feature in the product due to better temporal, spatial and angular coverage of clear-sky observations.