MOD16A2.006: Terra Net Evapotranspiration 8-Day Global 500m

Dataset Availability
2001-01-01T00:00:00 - 2020-11-08T00:00:00
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The MOD16A2 Version 6 Evapotranspiration/Latent Heat Flux product is an 8-day composite product produced at 500 meter pixel resolution. The algorithm used for the MOD16 data product collection is based on the logic of the Penman-Monteith equation, which includes inputs of daily meteorological reanalysis data along with MODIS remotely sensed data products such as vegetation property dynamics, albedo, and land cover.

The pixel values for the two Evapotranspiration layers (ET & PET) are the sum of all eight days within the composite period. The pixel values for the two Latent Heat layers (LE & PLE) are the average of all eight days within the composite period. Note that the last 8-day period of each year is a 5 or 6-day composite period, depending on the year.

According to the "Layers" section of the dataset docs, the class assignment in fill values 32761 through 32767 might be inaccurate. They are not included in the EE assets.



500 meters


Name Units Min Max Scale Description
ET kg/m^2/8day -32767 32700 0.1

Total evapotranspiration

LE J/m^2/day -32767 32700 0.0001

Average latent heat flux

PET kg/m^2/8day -32767 32700 0.1

Total potential evapotranspiration

PLE J/m^2/day -32767 32700 0.0001

Average potential latent heat flux


Evapotranspiration quality control flags

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var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('MODIS/006/MOD16A2')
                  .filter('2018-01-01', '2018-05-01'));
var evapotranspiration ='ET');
var evapotranspirationVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 300.0,
  palette: [
    'ffffff', 'fcd163', '99b718', '66a000', '3e8601', '207401', '056201',
    '004c00', '011301'
Map.setCenter(6.746, 46.529, 2);
Map.addLayer(evapotranspiration, evapotranspirationVis, 'Evapotranspiration');