Smoke Plumes

Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (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 Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE).

Potentially useful data sets: MODIS Aerosol and Corrected Reflectance, Ozone Monitoring Instrument (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.

MODIS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description Browse Comments
MYD04_L2 10.5067/MODIS/MYD04_L2_NRT.006
L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 3km
L2 Aerosol Browse N/A
MYD09GA 10.5067/MODIS/MYD09GA_NRT.006
L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km
L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 7-2-1
MYD09GHK 10.5067/MODIS/MYD09GHK_NRT.006
L2G Surface Reflectance -Daily 500m
N/A Bands 1-4-3
MYD09GQK 10.5067/MODIS/MYD09GQK_NRT.006
L2G Surface Reflectance - Daily 250m
N/A Bands 1-4-3
MYD09GQK L2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m N/A Bands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYDAODHD 10.5067/MODIS/MYDAODHD.NRT.006
L3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth
N/A N/A

MODIS / Terra

Product
(FTP download link)
Description Volume
(GB/day)
Browse Comments
MOD04_L2 10.5067/MODIS/MOD04_L2_NRT.006
L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km
L2 Aerosol Browse N/A
MOD09GA 10.5067/MODIS/MOD09GA_NRT.006
L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km
L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 7-2-1
MOD09GQ 10.5067/MODIS/MOD09GQ_NRT.006
L2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m
L2G Surface Reflectance Browse Bands 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 10.5067/MODIS/MODAODHD.NRT.006
L3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth
N/A N/A

MODIS / Combined

Product
(FTP download link)
Description Volume
(GB/day)
Browse Comments
MCDAODHD 10.5067/MODIS/MCDAODHD.NRT.006
L3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth
N/A

AIRS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse
AIRVBRAD_NRT.005 L1B Vis/Near-IR geolocated radiances N/A N/A
AIRS2RET_NRT.006 L2 standard retrieval product using AIRS IR only 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
AAOD
AI

MLS / Aura

Product
(FTP download link)

Description
(Global Master Change Directory link)

Volume (GB/day) Browse
ML2CO_NRT.003 Carbon Monoxide (CO) MLS/Aura NRT L2 CO Mixing Ratio 0.03 N/A

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017 at 12:52 PM EDT