Snow/ice albedo is a critical variable in surface energy balance calculations. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data have been used routinely to provide global land surface albedo. The MODIS algorithm includes atmospheric correction, surface reflectance angular modeling, and narrowband to broadband albedo conversion. In an earlier study, a ''direct retrieval'' methodology was proposed to calculate instantaneous albedo over snow and ice-covered surfaces directly from top-of-atmosph…
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