DMSP-F8 SSM/I Pathfinder Land Surface Products

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0042

Summary

The Pathfinder Program, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is tasked to produce long-term data sets for global change research. The Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) Pathfinder Level 2 Land Products data set has been generated using the land classification algorithms developed by Neale, and the land surface temperature algorithms developed by McFarland. This data set includes both the land classification and land surface temperature products. The Pathfinder Level 2 Land Products data set is in swath format. Coverage is global land surface, and covers 1 August 1987 through 31 March 1988. Data are available via ftp on request.

The SSM/I Pathfinder Level 3 Land Products data set has been generated using the Level 2 data described above. The Level 2 data were interpolated to a longitude-latitude grid with a resolution of one degree. For the Benchmark Period, the data were averaged over periods of five days (a pentad) or one month, although, for the land classification product, the most commonly occurring land class (the mode of the distribution within each bin) was chosen as the class for that bin and for the period. The data set, including both pentad and monthly grids, covers 1 August 1987 through 31 December 1988.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 88°     S: -88°     E: 180°     W: -180°     Min Altitude: 833 kilometers     Max Altitude: 833 kilometers    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Neale, C. M.U. and M. J. McFarland.
Dataset Title: DMSP-F8 SSM/I Pathfinder Land Surface Products
Dataset Release Date: 2003-05-16
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0042.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1987-08-01
Stop Date: 1988-12-31

Data Resolution

Temporal Resolution: 1 day

Science Keywords

  • Biosphere Vegetation Vegetation Cover
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Cover
  • Human Dimensions Land Use/Land Cover Land Use Classes
  • Land Surface Land Temperature Land Surface Temperature
  • Land Surface Land Use/Land Cover Land Cover
  • Land Surface Land Use/Land Cover Land Use Classes
  • Land Surface Soils

Ancillary Keywords

  • Antenna Temperature
  • Brightness Temperature
  • FNMOC
  • Land Surface
  • TA
  • Tb

Platform

  • DMSP 5D-2/F8 Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F8

Instrument

  • SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave/Imager

Project

  • EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System
  • ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program
  • NOAA/NASA PATHFINDER NOAA/NASA Pathfinder Program

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 16 MB

Personnel

C. M.U. Neale
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Utah State University

M. J. McFarland
Role: INVESTIGATOR

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Reference

Satellite/Instrument/Data Processing Documentation

Hollinger, J. P., R. Lo, G. Poe, R. Savage, and J. Peirce. 1987. Special Sensor Microwave/Imager User's Guide.

Hollinger, J. P., ed. 1989.DMSP Special Sensor Microwave/Imager Calibration/Validation - Final Report - Volume I, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.

Hollinger, J. P. 1991. DMSP Special Sensor Microwave/Imager Calibration/Validation Final Report - Volume II, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. Wentz, F.J. 1991. Revision-1 User's Manual SSM/I Antenna Temperature Tapes, Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA, 70 pp.

Journal Articles and Study Reports

McFarland, M. J., and C. Neale. 1991. Land Parameter Algorithm Validation and Calibration. DMSP Special Sensor Microwave/Imager Calibration/Validation - Final Report, Volume II, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, chap 9, pp 1-64.

McFarland, M.J., R. L. Miller, and C. M. U. Neale. 1990.Land Surface Temperature Derived From the SSM/I Passive Microwave Brightness Temperatures. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 28(5):839-845. Neale, C.M.U., M.J. McFarland, and K. Chang. 1990.Land Surface-Type Classification Using Microwave Brightness Temperatures From The Special Sensor Microwave/Imager. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 28(5):829-838. Hollinger, J. P., J. L. Peirce, and G. A. Poe. 1990. SSM/I Instrument Evaluation. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 28(5):781-790.

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Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2003-05-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-06-24

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