Members of the MODIS Ocean Science Team and the NASA Goddard DAAC held an outreach workshop for the science community interested in using MODIS-derived ocean data products. The workshop covered in detail the following topics: 

  • data availability and ordering
  • data quality
  • data formats
  • validation status
  • software tools
  • tutorials.

The processing, distribution, analysis, and interpretation of the MODIS ocean variables were also discussed.


One of the MODIS chlorophyll products, chlor-MODIS, collected by the Oregon State University direct broadcast station.

The workshop featured talks by the algorithm developers, who described how ocean products such as sea surface temperature are derived from the satellite measurements, and the differences between the different products available (such as the various chlorophyll concentration products). 

Instruction was also provided on the data file structure (HDF-EOS), its contents, and ways to access and manipulate the data.

Hands-on sessions were used to provide the participants with the opportunity to test their new skills.

A tour of the direct broadcast station on the Oregon State University campus was also provided.


This workshop was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NESDIS-NOAA) through the Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Satellite Studies (CIOSS) at Oregon State University.