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MODIS Collection 6 Land Product Subsets Web Service

Documentation Revision Date: 2017-11-10

Data Set Version: 1

Summary

The MODIS Web Service provides data access capabilities for Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Collection 6 land products. The web service provides data access functions for users to execute on their local computing resources. The MODIS Web Service is built upon the ORNL DAAC's MODIS Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool that provides customized subsets and visualization of MODIS land products for any land location on earth. With the web service users can retrieve land product subsets through command line operations; download and integrate subsets directly into client side workflows; download and visualize subsets with customized code; and download subsets and write custom code for data reformatting.

Example clients are provided on the MODIS Web Service page. Please refer to: https://modis.ornl.gov/data/modis_webservice.html.

Related MODIS Tools:

Companion File:

The Web Services Description Language (WSDL) document for the MODIS web service is based on WSDL version 1.1 and can be accessed from https://modis.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/MODIS/soapservice/MODIS_soapservice.wsdl

How to Cite MODIS Web Service Data:

Please refer to Section 5 of this document and to the MODIS Citation Policy page for more information on how to cite data obtained through the MODIS Web Service.

Figure 1. Users may access data through the MODIS Web Service for any land location on earth.

Citation

ORNL DAAC. 2017. MODIS Collection 6 Land Product Subsets Web Service. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1557

Table of Contents

  1. Data Set Overview
  2. Data Characteristics
  3. Application and Derivation
  4. Quality Assessment
  5. Data Acquisition, Materials, and Methods
  6. Data Access
  7. References

Data Set Overview

The MODIS Web Service provides data access capabilities for Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Collection 6 land products. The web service provides data access functions for users to execute on their local computing resources. Available functions are listed in Table 1 below. The MODIS Web Service is built upon the ORNL DAAC's MODIS Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool that provides customized subsets and visualization of MODIS land products for any land location on earth.

With the web service users can retrieve land product subsets through command line operations; download subsets directly into applications such as Python, R, Perl, Matlab, and others and integrate the subsets into client side workflows; download subsets and write custom code to use the subsets in a visualization; and download subsets and write custom code for data reformatting.

Data Characteristics

The data products available through the MODIS Web Service are generated by the MODIS instruments flown on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. Terra products are available from February 2000 to present and Aqua products are available from June 2002 to present. They are available for daily, 4-day, 8-day, 16-day, and annual composite periods at 250-m, 500-m, or 1-km resolution, depending on the product. 

Please refer to the MODIS Documentation page for a list of available Collection 6 land products. 

Application and Derivation

The MODIS web service streamlines the use of MODIS data for characterization of field sites, validation of models and other remote sensing products, and other research activities. 

Quality Assessment

The results of routine quality assessments are maintained at the MODIS Land Quality Assessment (MODLAND) site by the MODIS Land Science Team and provided through product metadata and per-pixel information for each MODIS granule.

Data Acquisition, Materials, and Methods

Data Processing

MODIS tiles are provided to the ORNL DAAC by the Land Processes DAAC (LP DAAC). The ORNL DAAC creates subsets and packages the data for research applications.

 

Citing Data Obtained via the MODIS Web Service

Citation Format:

ORNL DAAC. 2017. MODIS Collection 6 Land Products Web Service. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Accessed Month dd, yyyy. Subset obtained for [Product name] product at [Lat],[Lon], time period: [Start date] to [End date], and subset size: [Width] x [Height] km. https://dx.doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1557

Citation Example for a Single MODIS Product:

ORNL DAAC. 2017. MODIS Collection 6 Land Product Subsets Web Service. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Accessed July 24, 2017. Subset obtained for MOD13Q1 product at 35.9587N, 84.2874W, time period: 2000-02-18 to 2000-04-06, and subset size: 0.25 x 0.25 km. https://dx.doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1557

 

Generic Citation Example for the MODIS Web Service: (When data for many products and sites are used, please cite the MODIS Web Service tool itself)

ORNL DAAC. 2017. MODIS Collection 6 Land Product Subsets Web Service. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Accessed July 24, 2017. Products obtained using the MODIS Web Service tool. https://dx.doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1557

Refer to the ORNL DAAC Data Citation Policy for additional information.

 

Tool Description

The MODIS Web Service provides data access capabilities for Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Collection 6 land products. The web service provides data access functions for users to execute on their local computing resources. Available functions are listed in Table 1. 

With the web service users can retrieve land product subsets through command line operations; download and integrate subsets directly into client side workflows; download and visualize subsets with customized code; and download subsets and write custom code for data reformatting.

Table 1. Available MODIS Web Service functions

Function (Example Request) Input Output
getproducts() NONE This returns the list of products available. Product shortname is used.
Example: MOD11A2, MOD13Q1, MOD09A1..
getbands("MOD13Q1") Product This returns the list of bands available for a product.
Example: 250m_16_days_NDVI,250m_16_days_EVI,..
getdates(40, -110, "MOD13Q1") Latitude, Longitude, Product This returns the list of composite dates available for the product, Latitude, Longitude combination.
Example: A2000065, A2000081, A2000097, A2000113....
getsubset(40, -110, "MOD13Q1", "250m_16_days_NDVI", "A2000065", "A20000081", 10, 10) Latitude,Longitude, Product, Band, MODIS Subset Start Date, MODIS Subset End Date, Km Above Below, Km Left Right This returns the subset in ASCII format for the location, product, band and date combination with detailed projection and band information.
Example: MOD13Q1.A2000065.h09v04.006.2008238050507.250m_16_days_NDVI, MOD13Q1, A2000065, Lat40.0Lon-110.0Samp21Line21, 2008238050507, 1177, 1164, 1116, 1198, 1256, 1226, 1177, 1154, 1267, 1348, 1277, 1345, 1411, 1341, 1278, 1217, 1232, 1244, 1262, ...
getsubsetorder(40.1, -110.2, "MOD13Q1", "santhanavans@ornl.gov", "data", "A2000065", "A20000081", 10, 10) Note: This function is in beta Latitude, Longitude, Product, Email ID, Order ID, MODIS Subset Start Date, MODIS Subset End Date, Km Above Below, Km Left Right This returns a Unique ID for the subset order.
Example: 24May2010_15:54:58_416294117L40.1L-110.2S81L81_MOD13Q1_data

 

Data Delivery:

The MODIS Web Service is used to retrieve subset data in real-time for any location and time period. It is built upon the same backend processes used to deliver orders requested through the MODIS Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool. MODIS Web Service clients and libraries are available in multiple programming languages, allowing integration of subsets into user workflows. 

 

MODIS Web Service Setup:

The Web Services Description Language (WSDL) document for the MODIS Web service is based on WSDL version 1.1 and can be accessed from https://modis.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/MODIS/soapservice/MODIS_soapservice.wsdl.

To aid users with setting up the web service, example clients are provided at the MODIS Web Service page: https://modis.ornl.gov/data/modis_webservice.html.

Data Access

These data are available through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

MODIS Collection 6 Land Product Subsets Web Service

Contact for Data Center Access Information:

References

S.K. Santhana Vannan, R.B. Cook, J.Y. Pan, B.E. Wilson. A SOAP Web Service for accessing MODIS land product subsets (2011). Earth Science Informatics. DOI:10.1007/s12145-011-0079-2

S.K. Santhana Vannan, R.B. Cook, S.K. Holladay, L.M. Olsen, U. Dadi, B.E. Wilson. A Web-Based Subsetting Service for Regional Scale MODIS Land Products (2010). IEEE JSTARS, 2(4): 319–328