I am using MODIS-AQUA satellite imagery for assessing Sea-Ice Concentration and Chlorophyl-a concentration on the Antarctic Southern Ocean, and found afterward that SeaWiFS was more commonly used in the literature.
Is there big differences by using one instead of the other? What consequence can it have on my data and on my work?
Thanks for your help
The MODIS instruments on the Terra and Aqua platforms do not tilt and thus are subject to more glint contamination. That said, glint is less of a problem in the Southern Ocean than in the Equatorial Pacific :wink:
There are other differences between the sensors( e.g. MODIS lacks the 510nm channel that SeaWIFS has, but MODIS has a 531nm channel that SeaWiFS doesn't, MODIS has SWIR channels. MODIS is a 12bit instrument, SeaWiFS is effectively 10bit) But the biggest difference today is that SeaWiFS, after 13 years in orbit<died in December of 2010 while MODIS continues to collect data.
We do our best to ensure the instruments produce data as consistently as possible. There is sufficient overlap between the two for you to compare results. You should make the comparison and decide for yourself which sensor to use....or use them both :smile:
great thanks for the answer !
Then, if I use MODIS-A data, will my results be comparable with results from studies using SeaWIFS data? Or should I apply kind of a correction"?
Since there is overlap between the two missions, I'd suggest running your analysis on both at least for a portion of the time series.
Thank you very much for the help =)