AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-Daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites, Version 3
This data set is no longer available for use because of errors in the data. However, replacement data are expected by the end of 2012. If you need information pertaining to the data errors, please see the Error Sources Section of the guide documentation. If you have further questions, contact NSIDC User Services by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +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.
The following example shows how to cite the use of this data set in a publication. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.
W. Emery, C. Fowler, T. Haran, J. Key, J. Maslanik, T. Scambos. 2000. AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-Daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites. Version 3. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.