Providing geospatial support for Alaska
The National Park Service and Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) developed an algorithm to derive snow cover climatology for Alaska using the MODIS snow cover daily product.
The algorithm is two-fold and involves both data processing and the derivation of snow cover metrics. Terra MODIS snow cover daily 500m grid data version 5 (MOD10A1.v005) are processed to reduce cloud obscuration through iterations of cloud reduction methods that include spatial, temporal, and snow cycle filtering. A total of 12 metrics (e.g. date of first snow, date of persistent snow cover) for each pixel are calculated.
The MODIS Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid data (MOD10A1.v005) from the National Snow and Ice Data center (NSIDC) is used to calculate the snow metrics. Data description can be accessed at NSIDC Data Portal.
The MOD10A1.v005 data contains snow cover, snow albedo, fractional snow cover, and Quality Assessment (QA) data along with corresponding metadata. It consists of 1200 km by 1200 km tiles of 500 m resolution data gridded in a sinusoidal map projection. For our purposes, we downloaded 24 tile files covering the Alaska region, created a mosaic, reprojected them into the Alaska Albers Projection (NAD83), and output the four scientific fields of snow cover, snow fraction, snow quality, and snow albedo into four single band GeoTIFF files, respectively.
MOD10A1.v005 data cover the timeframe from 2000.02.24 to 2017.01.01. NSIDC released the MODIS Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m Grid data version 6 (MOD10A1.v006) recently. The new data covers from 2000.02.24 to present. GINA and NPS have developed the MODIS_Snow_metrics_algorithm version 006 to calculate the snow metrics against MOD10A.v006. New snow metrics based on version 6 MOD10A1 will be available soon.
Data is available from the MODIS Derived Snow Metrics Catalog Entry.
The snow metrics will be updated yearly. Now 2001 to 2016 snow-year metrics are provided through the Web Coverage Service (WCS).
URL for adding WCS in a GIS: http://snow.proto.gina.alaska.edu/metrics?
The snow metrics are also available through GINA's http server. Users should be aware of that files provided by the http server are in ENVI format. Each snow year metrics is composed of one image file and one header file.
Snow-metrics data file defines the following 12 snow metrics:
|ocean (1)||land (2)||lake (3)|
National Park Service agency contact: Peter Kirchner ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Snow metrics algorithm documentation is available in PDF format.
MODIS Snow Cover Metrics for Alaska: Algorithm and Evaluation presented at the 47th Alaska Mapping and Survey Symposium, Feb 18-22, 2013.
Snow Cover Climatological analysis with MODIS Satellite Data for the National Park Service, Alaska - ArcGIS application presented at the 49th Alaska Mapping and Survey Symposium (Anchorage), Feb 16-20, 2015.
Deriving Snow Cover Metrics for Alaska from MODIS
by Chuck Lindsay, Jiang Zhu, Amy E. Miller, Peter Kirchner and Tammy L. Wilson
Remote Sens. 2015, 7(10), 12961-12985; doi:10.3390/rs71012961
Received: 27 May 2015 / Revised: 11 September 2015 / Accepted: 26 September 2015 / Published: 30 September 2015
Snow Cover Monitoring with MODIS Satellite Data in Alaska’s National Parks, 2000-2015
by Jessica E. Cherry, Jiang Zhu, and Peter B. Kirchner
Natural Resource Report NPS/SWAN/NRR - 2017/1566
Published: December 2017
Chuck Lindsay, Amy E. Miller, Parker Martyn from National Park Service Anchorage
for developing snow metrics algorithm
Michael E Budde for evaluation and feedback of snow metrics algorithm
Geographer - US Geological Survey
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
David K. Swanson for evaluation and feedback of snow metrics algorithm
Ecologist, Arctic Network
National Park Service