6SV Code Authors


Eric F. Vermote

Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory
NASA GSFC, Code 619, Greenbelt, MD, USA


S.Y. Kotchenova

Department of Earth and Environment
Boston University, Boston, USA


D. Tanré, J.L. Deuzé and M. Herman

Laboratoire d' Optique Atmosphréique
Université des Sciences et Techniques de Lille
U.E.R. de Physique Fondamentale
59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex, France


Jean-Claude Roger

Department of Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
and
Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory
NASA GSFC, Code 619, Greenbelt, MD, USA


J.J. Morcrette

European Center for Medium - Range Weather Forecasting
Shinfiels Park, Reading
Bershire RG2 9AX, United Kingdom

Raffaella Matarrese

6S Interface Credit
Department of Physics
University of Bari, Bari, Italy


6SV Routine

The 6S code is a basic RT code used for calculation of lookup tables in the MODIS atmospheric correction algorithm. It enables accurate simulations of satellite and plane observation, accounting for elevated targets, use of anisotropic and lambertian surfaces and calculation of gaseous absorption. The code is based on the method of successive orders of scatterings approximations and its first vector version (6SV1), capable of accounting for radiation polarization. It was publicly released in May, 2005.

The lastest version of the code 6S (6SV2.1), released in June 2015, is now available to download here.