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How do I read MODIS data?

MODIS data is in HDF 4 format.  HDF files contain both data and metadata so there is no need to download separate data and data location files.  Most programming languages and software programs will have the capability to read MODIS HDF files.

A Tutorial for reading HDF4 files in python, C, FORTRAN, IDL, and Matlab are available here from Lille University.