AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-Daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0066

Summary

This data set is no longer available due to errors in the data. See the Error Sources section of the data set documentation for details. If you have further questions, please contact NSIDC User Services by e-mail or telephone at +1 303.492.6199.

The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Polar Pathfinder Twice-Daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites are a collection of products for both poles, consisting of twice-daily calibrated and gridded satellite channel data and derived parameters. Data include five AVHRR channels, clear sky surface broadband albedo and skin temperature, solar zenith angle, satellite elevation angle, sun-satellite relative azimuth angle, surface type mask, cloud mask, and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) of acquisition. AVHRR Polar Pathfinder data extend pole ward from 48.4 degrees north and 53.2 degrees south latitudes, from 24 July 1981 through 30 June 2005. Data are in 1-byte and 2-byte integer grid format and are available by FTP.

Note: Due to a problem with the NOAA-16 scan motor, all the channel data is shifted sporadically between 2001 and 2005, causing the channels to contain data from another channel; thus, the derived parameters also contain errors during this time-period. See Table 12 in the Error Sources section of this document for specific dates.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: -53.2°     S: -90°     E: 180°     W: -180°    
N: 90°     S: 48.4°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: W. Emery, C. Fowler, T. Haran, J. Key, J. Maslanik, T. Scambos
Dataset Title: AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-Daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites
Dataset Release Date: 2000-09-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 3
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0066.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1981-07-24
Stop Date: 2005-06-30

Data Resolution

Temporal Resolution: 12:00:00

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT ANTARCTICA
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION ARCTIC
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION POLAR

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Albedo
  • Atmosphere Clouds Cloud Amount/Frequency
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Albedo
  • Land Surface Land Temperature Land Surface Temperature
  • Land Surface Land Temperature Skin Temperature
  • Land Surface Surface Radiative Properties Albedo
  • Land Surface Surface Radiative Properties Thermal Properties
  • Spectral/Engineering Infrared Wavelengths Brightness Temperature
  • Spectral/Engineering Infrared Wavelengths Infrared Radiance
  • Spectral/Engineering Infrared Wavelengths Thermal Infrared
  • Spectral/Engineering Platform Characteristics Viewing Geometry
  • Spectral/Engineering Visible Wavelengths Visible Radiance
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Albedo

Ancillary Keywords

  • Antarctic
  • Arctic
  • AVHRR
  • Cryosphere
  • DAAC
  • EOSDIS
  • NASA
  • NOAA
  • NSIDC
  • Pathfinder
  • Polar
  • Radiance
  • Remote Sensing
  • Satellite

Platform

  • NOAA-11 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-11
  • NOAA-14 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-14
  • NOAA-16 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-16
  • NOAA-7 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-7
  • NOAA-9 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-9

Instrument

  • AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • RADIOMETERS

Project

  • ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program
  • NOAA/NASA PATHFINDER NOAA/NASA Pathfinder Program

Quality

Product validation is a continuing process that takes advantage of comparative data as they become available. Comparisons were made between AVHRR Polar Pathfinder clear sky skin temperatures and surface-based measurements obtained at the South Pole over a seven-day period in 1995. These field data were collected by Robert Stone of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) using a sled-mounted KT-19 pyrometer. Excluding observations when cloud cover was present, the agreement was generally within 0.5 kelvin. For data averaged over a four-hour period, temperatures were within 0.1 kelvin. A mean of -38.15 degrees Celsius for the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder observations, versus a mean of -38.25 degrees Celsius for the field data. Evaluations were also performed for the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder retrievals of surface albedo over the Greenland Ice Sheet through comparisons with albedo measured at 14 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) around the Greenland Ice Sheet from January 1997 to August 1998. Results show that AVHRR-derived surface albedo values are, on average, 10 percent less than those measured by the AWS stations. However, station measurements tend to be positively biased by about four percent, and the differences in absolute albedo may be less, about six percent. In regions of Greenland where the albedo variability is small, such as the dry snow facies, the AVHRR albedo uncertainty exceeds the natural variability. Stroeve concluded that while further work is needed to improve the absolute accuracy of the AVHRR-derived surface albedo, the data provide temporally and spatially consistent estimates of the Greenland Ice Sheet albedo (Stroeve et al. 2001) and (Stroeve 2002).

Analyses of the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder data, compared with data from the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA) project, are in progress. See (Maslanik et al. 2000) for preliminary results. The cloud masking process was assessed and refined throughout the duration of the project to optimize the algorithm for the entire areas of coverage. Comparisons of areally-averaged cloud fractions from the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites with field observations at the SHEBA field site show that the AVHRR data were within nine percent of the cloud lidar/radar observations averaged from April to July 1998 with Pathfinder data underestimating cloud fraction relative to the field measurements. Differences in monthly means for this period ranged from 2 percent in June to 21 percent in July. Comparison of all-sky skin temperature and albedo values derived from the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites with SHEBA observations is described in (Maslanik et al. 2000).

Other validation studies of surface temperature and albedo retrieval procedures included surface observations from a NOAA research site near Barrow, Alaska, 71.32 degrees north latitude, 156.61 degrees west longitude. Daily AVHRR data from a preliminary Pathfinder data set from mid-1992 to mid-1993 were used for this validation (Meier et al. 1997). Surface temperature estimates agreed with observations, with a correlation coefficient of 0.98, a bias of -0.97, and a RMSE of 4.70. For surface albedo, the bias (mean error) in the estimates was near zero, r=0.81, bias=0.00, RMSE=0.17, but the individual observations exhibited significant variability, attributed to surface inhomogeneity and retrieval scheme sensitivity to changes in atmospheric aerosol and water vapor amounts. Accuracies of the products are difficult to determine given the limited nature of existing case studies. Also, conditions vary substantially across the large product domains and over time. Plans are being developed to further define product accuracies for snow-covered areas, sea ice, and ice sheets. Based on studies to date, accuracies in general are approximately ± 2 kelvin for AVHRR-derived clear sky skin temperatures and ± 0.06 kelvin for albedo. Much of this error is likely due to uncertainties in the performance of the cloud detection methods. For clear sky conditions, accuracies for albedo and temperature products are expected to be in the range noted in the Greenland Barrow case studies.

Data and related information will be updated as appropriate.

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: 3.26 MB
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 6.52 MB
Distribution Format: Binary

Personnel

Jeffrey Key
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Space Science and Engineering Center
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • 1225 W. Dayton St.

City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706

Jim Maslanik
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@kryos.colorado.edu
Contact Address:

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

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309

Ted Scambos
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: scambos@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • University of Colorado
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB

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

William Emery
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0431

Chuck Fowler
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0431

Terry Haran
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

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

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

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

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AVHRR Data at NSIDC

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
NOAA/NASA Pathfinder Program

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Polar Pathfinders at NSIDC

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
All About EASE-Grid

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
All About EASE-Grid

Reference

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Maslanik, J., Chuck Fowler, J. Key, Ted Scambos, T. Hutchinson, and W. Emery. 1998. AVHRR-based Polar Pathfinder Products for Modeling Applications. Annals of Glaciology 25:388-392.

Meier, W. N., J. A. Maslanik, J. R. Key, and Chuck Fowler. 1997. Multiparameter AVHRR-derived Products for Arctic Climate Studies. Earth Interactions 1.

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