Terra & Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

Technical Specifications

Orbit:705 km, 10:30am descending node (Terra) or 1:30p.m. ascending node (Aqua), sun-synchronous, near-polar, circular
Repeat Cycle:16 days
Swath Dimensions:2330km (cross track) by 10km (along track at nadir)
Weight:228.7kg
Spatial Resolution:250m (bands 1-2)
500m (bands 3-7)
1000m (bands 8-36)
Data Rate:10.6 Mbs/sec
Quantization:12 bits
Field of View:110 deg
Wavebands:36 bands:
1-19 from 620 to 965nm
20-36 from 3.66 to 14.28 microns
Design Life:6 years
Duration:Operational


Channels

a
Primary UseBandBandwidthSpectral RadianceRequired SNR
Land/Cloud/Aerosols Boundaries1620 - 67021.8128
2841 - 87624.7201
Land/Cloud/Aerosols Properties3459 - 47935.3243
4545 - 56529.0228
51230 - 12505.474
61628 - 16527.3274
7 2105 - 2155 1.0 110
Ocean Color/Phytoplankton/
Biogeochemistry
8405 - 42044.9880
9438 - 44841.9838
10438 - 49332.1802
11526 - 53627.9754
12546 - 55621.0750
13662 - 6729.5910
14673 - 6838.71087
15743 - 75310.2586
16862 - 8776.2516
Atmospheric Water Vapor17890 - 92010.0167
18931 - 9413.657
19915 - 96515.0250
Primary UseBandBandwidthSpectral RadianceRequired NE[delta]T(K)
Surface/Cloud Temperature203.660 - 3.8400.45 (300K)0.05
213.929 - 3.9892.38 (335K)2.00
223.929 - 3.9890.67 (300K)0.07
234.020 - 4.0800.79 (300K)0.07
Atmospheric Temperature244.433 - 4.4980.17 (250K)0.25
254.482 - 4.5490.59 (275K)0.25
Cirrus Clouds Water Vapor261.360 - 1.3906.00150(SNR)
276.535 - 6.8951.16 (240K)0.25
287.175 - 7.4752.18 (250K)0.25
Cloud Properties298.400 - 8.7009.58 (300K)0.05
Ozone309.580 - 9.8803.69 (250K)0.25
Surface/Cloud Temperature3110.780 - 11.2809.55 (300K)0.05
3211.770 - 12.2708.94 (300K)0.05
Cloud Top Altitude3313.185 - 13.4854.52 (260K)0.25
3413.485 - 13.7853.76 (250K)0.25
3513.785 - 14.0853.11 (240K)0.25
3614.085 - 14.3852.08 (220K)0.35

Last updated: May 21, 2018