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Smoke Plumes

MODIS true color imagery are frequently used to track the source, duration and transport of smoke plumes across large areas. It is not uncommon for smoke from large wildfires to be lofted high enough into the atmosphere that winds push plumes long distances; a process that can often be tracked in near real-time using data from LANCE.

Potentially useful data sets: MODIS Aerosol and Corrected Reflectance, OMI Aerosol Optical Depth.

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The image shows thick plumes of smoke from wildfires raging in central Idaho in September 2012. Read more at NASA's Earth Observatory.

Downloadable NRT data related to Smoke Plumes

MODIS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
BrowseComments
MYD04_L2L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km0.16L2 Aerosol BrowseN/A
MYD09GAL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km17.37L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GQL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m18.82L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GHKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m18.27N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GQKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m25.48N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYDAODHDL3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth0.001N/AN/A

MODIS / Terra

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
BrowseComments
MOD04_L2L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km0.15L2 Aerosol BrowseN/A
MOD09GAL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km17.48L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GQL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m18.91L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GHKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m18.34N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GQKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m25.31N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MODAODHDL3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth0.001N/AN/A

MODIS / Combined

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
BrowseComments
MCDAODHDL3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth0.001N/AN/A

AIRS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse
AIRVBRAD_NRTL1B Vis/Near-IR geolocated radiancesN/AN/A
AIRX2RET_NRTL2 standard retrieval product using AIRS IR and AMSUN/AN/A

OMI / Aura

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse
OMAERUVL2 Near UV Aerosol Optical Depth and Single Scattering Albedo Swath 13x24 kmN/AN/A
AAOD   
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MLS / Aura

Product
(FTP download link)

Description
(Global Master Change Directory link)

Volume (GB/day)Browse
ML2CO_NRT.003Carbon Monoxide (CO) MLS/Aura NRT L2 CO Mixing Ratio0.03N/A