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.

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
AIRX2RET_NRT L2 standard retrieval product using AIRS IR and AMSU 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
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