Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Project Number: 8042-13610-028-25
Start Date: Aug 22, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
In previous studies, we have constructed an BRDF/albedo LUT based on global MODIS BRDF/albedos and MODIS IGBP land cover classes. The inter- and intra-annual variability of albedo for different IGBP classes have been examined under snow free and snow covered conditions. This work was based on the MODIS Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) albedo product (0.05 degree) and MODIS IGBP land cover map. The IGBP class at MODIS scale represents the majority class, and statistics derived from this product may be affected by mixed pixels. Here we propose to extend our previous work by using Landsat to quantify class homogeneity at the MODIS scale, and to retrieve albedo from “pure” examples of IGBP classes. We will use the 2000 Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat dataset to select “pure”, homogeneous MODIS pixels globally. Each Landsat scene will be reprojected and aggregated from 30m Landsat resolution to 500m MODIS resolution. There are about 240 Landsat pixels included in each MODIS cell. We will check the homogeneity of a MODIS pixel based on these ~240 Landsat pixels using either unsupervised classification or statistics such as the mean and standard deviation from all bands. Only “pure” MODIS samples that fall in a homogeneous area (ie. small spectral standard deviation) will be used to compute mean per-class albedos and their variance. The Albedo results from these “pure” MODIS pixels will be assembled into a new per-class LUT, and compared and analyzed to one derived from all MODIS pixels.