Cloud Fraction (1 month - Terra/MODIS)

Cloud Fraction (1 month - Terra/MODIS) | NASA

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Looking at Earth from outer space, clouds are easy to spot. Clouds are draped all around Earth like bright white decorations. Clouds are important to scientists because they reflect the Sun's light back to space and give shade to the surface. They also bring rain, which is important because all plants and animals need freshwater to live. These maps made from NASA satellite observations show how much of Earth's surface is covered by clouds for a given day, or over a span of days.

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December 2008

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Related Websites

MODIS Atmospheres Science Team

Earthdata on MODIS



Further Reading

Cloud Fraction

Clouds Can Reveal Shape of Continents

Cloudy Earth

ATBD (Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document)

Discriminating Clear Sky from Cloud with MODIS


Imagery produced by the NASA Earth Observations team based on data provided by the MODIS Atmosphere Science Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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