AVHRR Pathfinder version 5.0, interim version 5.0, and version 5.1 global 4km sea surface temperature (SST) data for 1981-2009

The 4 km Pathfinder effort at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) and the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) is an extension of, and improvement on, the sea surface temperature (SST) fields from the NOAA/NASA AVHRR Oceans 9km Pathfinder dataset. In this 4 km Pathfinder project, some important shortcomings in the original 9 km data have been corrected, and the entire time series has been reprocessed at the 4 km Global Area Coverage (GAC) level, the highest resolution possible globally. Twice-daily SST and related parameters back to 1981 have been produced, as well as temporal averages for 5-day, 7-day, 8-day, monthly, and yearly periods. In addition, cloud-screened products were developed from these Pathfinder Version 5 data at the NODC, including 5-day cloud-screened full-resolution data, 5-day cloud-screened one-degree binned data, and 5-day cloud-screened gap-filled full-resolution data products. Associated climatologies and region-specific (Gulf of Mexico) GEOTIFF image products were also produced from these data.

The data, derived data products, and associated metadata are archived and available at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). This metadata record describes the temporally averaged SST data and related parameters available for 1981-2009. Data and data products for all years and time periods are available as separate NCEI accessions. These data were collected through the operational periods of the NOAA-7 through NOAA-18 Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES).

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Last Updated October 11, 2019, 05:36
Created October 24, 2018, 05:54
access_constraints ["Cite as: Casey, Kenneth; Kearns, Edward J.; Halliwell, Vicki; Evans, Robert (2010). AVHRR Pathfinder version 5.0, interim version 5.0, and version 5.1 global 4km sea surface temperature (SST) data for 1981-2009. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/AVHRR_Pathfinder-NODC-v5.0_v5.1. Accessed [date].", "Please also cite: Casey, K.S., T.B. Brandon, P. Cornillon, and R. Evans (2010). \"The Past, Present and Future of the AVHRR Pathfinder SST Program\", in Oceanography from Space: Revisited, eds. V. Barale, J.F.R. Gower, and L. Alberotanza, Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8681-5_16", "Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.", "Please acknowledge the use of these data with the following statement: These data were provided by GHRSST and the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information."]
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