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Climate, Volume 7, Issue 4 (April 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The VIIRS (Visible–Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on board the Suomi-NPP (National [...] Read more. The VIIRS (Visible–Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on board the Suomi-NPP (National Polar-Orbiting Partnership) satellite aims to provide long-term continuity to several environmental data series including snow cover, initiated with MODIS (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer). Two hundred and forty-four swath snow products from MODIS/Aqua (MYD10L2) and VIIRS EDR (Environmental Data Records) (VSCMO/binary) were intercompared using confusion matrices, comparison maps, and false color imagery. The assessment concluded that VIIRS and MODIS have a similar capacity to map snow cover. Moreover, VIIRS may potentially be able to more accurately map a snow cover area. Additionally, VIIRS can fulfill the aim of providing long-term continuity of satellite snow cover maps for the successful development of a climate data record. View this paper.