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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3145-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3145-2018
Research article
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31 May 2018
Research article |  | 31 May 2018

Validation of MODIS 3 km land aerosol optical depth from NASA's EOS Terra and Aqua missions

Pawan Gupta, Lorraine A. Remer, Robert C. Levy, and Shana Mattoo

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In this study, we perform global validation of MODIS high-resolution (3 km) AOD over global land by comparing against AERONET measurements. The MODIS–AERONET collocated data sets consist of 161 410 high-confidence AOD pairs from 2000 to 2015 for Terra MODIS and 2003 to 2015 for Aqua MODIS. We find that 62.5 and 68.4 % of AODs retrieved from Terra MODIS and Aqua MODIS, respectively, fall within previously published expected error.