Dust Storms

Dust storms can have an impact on human health, weather patterns as well as cause disruption through flight delays and the closure of highways. Data from Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) are used to monitor and predict dust storms. This information is used by agencies within the Department of Defense to improve resource allocation in remote areas and help promote aircraft safety.

Potentially useful data sets: Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Aerosol, Corrected Reflectance and Land Surface Reflectance, Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Dust Score and Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) Aerosol Optical Depth, Absorbing Aerosol Optical Depth and Aerosol Index.

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DustStorm Libya

Worldview showing the MODIS aerosol optical depth of a dust plume blowing over Banghazi (Benghazi), Libya on January 15, 2013. Read more at NASA's Earth Observatory.

MODIS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse Comments
MYD04_L2 L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km 0.16 L2 Aerosol Browse N/A
MYD09GA L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km 17.37 L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GQ L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m 18.82 L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GHK L2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m 18.27 N/A Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GQK L2G Surface Reflectance - Daily 250m 25.48 N/A Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYDAODHD L3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth 0.001 N/A N/A

MODIS / Terra

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse Comments
MOD04_L2 L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km 0.15 L2 Aerosol Browse N/A
MOD09GA L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km 17.48 L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GQ L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m 18.91 L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GHK L2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m 18.34 N/A Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GQK L2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m 25.31 N/A Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MODAODHD L3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth 0.001 N/A N/A

MODIS / Combined

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse Comments
MCDAODHD L3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth 0.001 N/A N/A

AIRS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse
AIRVBRAD_NRT L1B Vis/Near-IR geolocated radiances N/A N/A
AIRIBQAP_NRT L1B IR quality assurance subset N/A N/A

OMI / Aura

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)

Volume
(GB/day)

Browse
OMAERUV L2 Near UV Aerosol Optical Depth and Single Scattering Albedo Swath 13x24 km N/A N/A
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Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017 at 12:34 PM EDT