Timestamp Error in MODIS L2P Aqua and Terra Datasets

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The timestamp value provided in the MODIS L2P Aqua (https://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/dataset/MODIS_A-JPL-L2P-v2014.0) and Terra (https://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/dataset/MODIS_T-JPL-L2P-v2014.0) data files has a small error due to an erroneous handling of leap second offsets.

Please refer to the PODAAC Forum Post (https://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=515) or README files in the dataset directory (ftp://podaac-ftp.jpl.nasa.gov/allData/ghrsst/data/GDS2/L2P/MODIS_A/JPL/v2014.0/README and ftp://podaac-ftp.jpl.nasa.gov/allData/ghrsst/data/GDS2/L2P/MODIS_T/JPL/v2014.0/README) for details.