MODIS 16-Day Composite Imagery

Data Access

GLCF editions of MODIS products differ from DAAC editions by coming in GeoTIFF format,
geographic coordinates, WGS84 datum, and a tiling system designed to fit well with Landsat imagery.

MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument aboard NASA's Terra (EOS AM) and Aqua (EOS PM) satellites. Terra's orbit around the Earth is timed so that it passes from north to south across the equator in the morning, while Aqua passes south to north over the equator in the afternoon. GLCF provides access to imagery collected from the Terra MODIS sensor, in a product that is a composite of sixteen days worth of images. This composite has the benefit of eliminating most cloud cover found in daily images. Note: the Collection 3, 32-day composites will remain online until replaced by the Collection 4 and Collection 5 edition, 16-day composites.
Satellite Sensor Spectral Range Band Acquisition Size Pixel Res
Terra MODIS 620-670 nm 1 2330 km swath 250 m
Terra MODIS 841-876 nm 2 2330 km swath 250 m
Terra MODIS 459-479 nm 3 2330 km swath 500 m
Terra MODIS 545-564 nm 4 2330 km swath 500 m
Terra MODIS 123-1250 nm 5 2330 km swath 500 m
Terra MODIS 1628-1652 nm 6 2330 km swath 500 m
Terra MODIS 2105-2155 nm 7 2330 km swath 500 m
How to Cite This Data Set

Citation Format: Author (Publication Date), Collection Name, Image Name,Processing Level, Publisher, Publisher Location, Product Coverage Date.

Citation Parameters Example:

  • Author: NASA
  • Publication Date: {specify processing year as listed in metadata}
  • Collection Name: MODIS 16-day Composite MOD44C
  • Image Name: (specify image name)
  • Processing Level:Collection 4
  • Publisher:Global Land Cover Facility, University of Maryland
  • Publisher Location: College Park, Maryland
  • Product Coverage Date: {specify image start or end date as listed in metadata or extract from naming convention}

Full Example Citation: NASA (2007), MODIS 16-day Composite MOD44C,, Collection 4, The Global Land Cover Facility, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Day 289, 2004.

Intellectual Property Rights

Use is free to all; effectively held by University of Maryland & NASA; but ultimately held by US public.


Source for this data set is the Global Land Cover Facility,

MODIS Imagery
Web Accessibility
Copyright © 1997-2018 University of Maryland. All rights reserved
University of Maryland National Aeronautics and Space Administration GOFC_GOLD

GLCF is shutting down its services ... (read more)