MODIS False Color

Spatial Resolution
Data Source(s)
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science Partner


The MODIS sensors aboard the twin satellites Aqua and Terra provide global coverage of earth’s surface every 1 to 2 days. MODIS’s spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution allow for imagery to be utilized for regional monitoring of vegetation, land surface temperature, and the environment. MODIS data is available for Terra (daily, 8 day, or 16 day composites), Aqua (daily, 8 day, or 16 day composites), and composite of Terra/Aqua 16 day using at surface reflectance data.

False Color composites provide images of the land’s surface in a color scheme which is useful for visually identifying specific features such as clouds, vegetation, urban areas, and open water. This product is specifically useful for visually identifying high cirrus clouds or haze which are normally difficult to identify in a true color image.

False Color (NIR,Red,Green) images are composed of three bands (Near Infrared (NIR), Red, and Green) visualized in the Red, Green, and Blue channels respectively. Since vegetation strongly reflects NIR wavelengths, red areas in the image are heavily vegetated. High cirrus clouds appear as a white haze in the image.

Bands Used:
Near Infrared (NIR): 0.841-0.876 μm
Red: 0.620-0.670 μm
Green: 0.545-0.565 μm

Technical Information

Period of Record
Spatial Resolution
Temporal Resolution
Data Summaries
max, min, mean, median, anomalies, trend and statistical significance, spatial and temporal aggregations, time series
Data Source(s)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Data Formats
raster (geotiff), raster tile (tile ID), time series (.csv, .xls, .json, .geojson)

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