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TOVS Pathfinder Path-P Daily and Monthly Polar Gridded Atmospheric Parameters

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Identification Information:

Dataset Identifier:

NSIDC-0027

Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Francis, J. A. and A. J. Schweiger.
Publication Date: 19990901
Title: TOVS Pathfinder Path-P Daily and Monthly Polar Gridded Atmospheric Parameters
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0027.html

Description:

Abstract:

The TIROS-N Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) Polar Pathfinder (Path-P) data set consists of gridded daily and monthly Arctic and Antarctic atmospheric data derived from various NOAA satellites. TOVS Path-P daily files are available for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres from 60 degrees poleward at 100 km gridded spatial resolution in an Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid (EASE-Grid). TOVS Path-P monthly files are available for the Northern Hemisphere only from 60 degrees poleward at 100 km gridded spatial resolution in EASE-Grid. Daily and monthly Northern Hemisphere data are available from January 1979 through current processing, and daily Southern Hemisphere data are available from July 1979 through current processing. Data were created from a modified version of the Improved Initialization Inversion Algorithm (3I) (Chedin et al. 1985), a physical-statistical retrieval method improved for use in identifying geophysical variables in snow- and ice-covered areas (Francis 1994).

Variables retrieved from satellite-observed radiances for this product include atmospheric temperature, water vapor, skin surface temperature, total effective cloud fraction, cloud top pressure and temperature, solar zenith elevation, surface pressure, turning angle between geostrophic wind and surface stress over ice, emissivity, boundary layer stratification, and geostrophic drag coefficient. The algorithm used to generate these grids has been validated through comparisons with surface observations from the North Pole drifting meteorological stations (Schweiger et al. 1999).

The complete TOVS data set is available via FTP in Hierarchical Data Format (HDF). Users may also order subsets of the data for any of the parameters listed above or for specific spatial or temporal coverage.

Data users are encouraged to register before accessing the TOVS data. Registered users automatically receive release notes via e-mail containing notification of data manipulation or formatting modifications.

Purpose: scientific research

Documentation:

User's Guide:

Citation Information:

Originator: Francis, J. A. and A. J. Schweiger.
Publication Date: 19990901
Title: TOVS Pathfinder Path-P Daily and Monthly Polar Gridded Atmospheric Parameters
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/nsidc0027_tovs.gd.html

Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Range of Dates/Times:

Beginning Date: 19790101
Ending Date: Unknown

Currentness Reference: publication date

Status:

Progress: In work
Maintenance and Update Frequency: Unknown

Spatial Domain:

Bounding Coordinates:

 

West Bounding Coordinate: -180°
East Bounding Coordinate: 180°
North Bounding Coordinate: 90°
South Bounding Coordinate: -90°

Keywords:

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Emissivity
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Emissivity
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Air Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Air Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Skin Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Skin Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Surface Air Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Surface Air Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Water Vapor Precipitable Water
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Water Vapor Precipitable Water
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Winds Wind Stress Geostrophic Drag Coefficient
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Atmospheric Winds Wind Stress Geostrophic Drag Coefficient
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Amount/Frequency Effective Cloud Fraction
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Amount/Frequency Effective Cloud Fraction
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Top Pressure
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Top Pressure
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Top Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Top Temperature
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Oceans Ocean Winds Wind Stress
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Oceans Ocean Winds Wind Stress

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
Theme Keyword: CEAREX Coordinated Eastern Arctic Experiment
Theme Keyword: EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System
Theme Keyword: ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program
Theme Keyword: NOAA/NASA PATHFINDER NOAA/NASA Pathfinder Program

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Theme Keyword: HIRS High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder
Theme Keyword: MSU Microwave Sounding Unit
Theme Keyword: SOUNDERS
Theme Keyword: TOVS TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
Theme Keyword: NOAA-10 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-10
Theme Keyword: NOAA-11 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-11
Theme Keyword: NOAA-12 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-12
Theme Keyword: NOAA-13 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-13
Theme Keyword: NOAA-14 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-14
Theme Keyword: NOAA-6 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-6
Theme Keyword: NOAA-7 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-7
Theme Keyword: NOAA-8 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-8
Theme Keyword: NOAA-9 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-9

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Categories
Theme Keyword: climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: None
Theme Keyword: Atmospheric Stratification
Theme Keyword: Boundary Layer
Theme Keyword: Boundary Layer Stratification
Theme Keyword: Cloud Fraction
Theme Keyword: Cloud Properties
Theme Keyword: Cloud Top Pressure
Theme Keyword: Cloud Tops
Theme Keyword: Cloud Top Temperature
Theme Keyword: DAAC
Theme Keyword: EOSDIS
Theme Keyword: Geostrophic Drag Coefficient
Theme Keyword: Geostrophic Wind
Theme Keyword: Humidity Profiles
Theme Keyword: Ice
Theme Keyword: ICE SURFACE SKIN TEMPERATURE
Theme Keyword: INITIALIZATION INVERSION ALGTHM
Theme Keyword: NOAA/NASA Pathfinder
Theme Keyword: North Polar Basin
Theme Keyword: NSIDC DAAC
Theme Keyword: Ocean Surface Skin Temperature
Theme Keyword: Path P
Theme Keyword: Polar Exchange At Sea Surface
Theme Keyword: Poles
Theme Keyword: SNOW ICE
Theme Keyword: Temperature Profiles
Theme Keyword: TOVS
Theme Keyword: Turning Angle

Place:

Place Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
Place Keyword: Geographic Region Northern Hemisphere
Place Keyword: Geographic Region Southern Hemisphere

Access Constraints:

Users are strongly encouraged to register before accessing data. Registered users automatically receive release notes via e-mail containing notification of data manipulation or formatting modifications.

Use Constraints:

None

Point of Contact:

Contact Information:

Contact Person Primary:

Contact Person: NSIDC User Services
Contact Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468 x
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

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Distribution Information:

Distributor:

Contact Information:

Contact Organization Primary:

Contact Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact Person: NSIDC User Services

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

Resource Description:

NSIDC-0027

Distribution Liability:

NSIDC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NSIDC makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

Standard Order Process:

Digital Form:

Digital Transfer Information:

Format Name: HDF

Digital Transfer Option:

Online Option:

Computer Contact Information:

Network Address:

Network Resource Name: Click here.

Fees: None

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Metadata Reference Information:

Metadata Date:

20140311

Metadata Review Date:

20140311

Metadata Contact:

Contact Information:

Contact Person Primary:

Contact Person: NSIDC User Services
Contact Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

Metadata Standard Name:

FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata

Metadata Standard Version:

FGDC-STD-012-2002

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Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) in plain text

FGDC XML

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DIF HTML

NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Directory Interchange Format (DIF)

ISO HTML

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115:2003 Geographic Information Metadata