VIIRS/NPP BRDF/Albedo Quality Daily L3 Global 500m SIN Grid V001

Metadata Updated: December 4, 2020

The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) ( Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and Albedo Quality (VNP43IA2) Version 1 product provides BRDF and Albedo quality at 500 meter (m) resolution. The VNP43IA2 product is produced daily using 16 days of VIIRS data and is weighted temporally to the ninth day, which is reflected in the file name. The VNP43IA2 product provides information regarding band quality and days of valid observation within a 16-day period for the VIIRS imagery bands. The VNP43 data products are designed to promote the continuity of NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) BRDF/Albedo data product suite.

The VNP43 algorithm uses the RossThick/Li-Sparse-Reciprocal (RTLSR) semi-empirical kernel-driven BRDF model, with the three kernel weights from (VNP43IA1) ( to reconstruct surface anisotropic effects, correcting the directional reflectance to a common view geometry (VNP43IA4) (, while also computing integrated black-sky albedo (BSA) at local solar noon and white-sky albedo (WSA) (VNP43IA3) ( Researchers can use the BRDF model parameters with a simple polynomial, to obtain black-sky albedo at any solar illumination angle. Likewise, both the BSA and WSA Science Dataset (SDS) layers can be used with a simple polynomial, to manually estimate instantaneous actual albedo (blue-sky albedo). Additional details regarding the methodology are available in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) (

The VNP43IA2 data product provides a total of 11 SDS layers including: BRDF/Albedo band quality (inversion information) and days of valid observation within a 16-day period for VIIRS imagery bands I1, I2, and I3, as well as land water type class flag, snow BRDF albedo class flag, local solar noon, albedo uncertainty and the platform name.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 4, 2020

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 4, 2020
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Temporal 2011-10-28T00:00:00Z/2020-11-30T00:00:00Z

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