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NSIDC-0042

DMSP-F8 SSM/I Pathfinder Land Surface Products, Version 1

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 Coverage:
  • N: 88, S: -88, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 August 1987 to 31 December 1988
Temporal Resolution: 1 day
Parameter(s):
  • Land Use/Land Cover > Land Cover
  • Land Temperature > Land Surface Temperature
  • Land Use/Land Cover > Land Use Classes
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Cover
  • Soils
  • Vegetation > Vegetation Cover
Platform(s) DMSP 5D-2/F8
Sensor(s): SSM/I
Data Format(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): C. Neale, M. McFarland

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Neale, C. M. and M. J. McFarland. 2003. DMSP-F8 SSM/I Pathfinder Land Surface Products, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/7PSBCNNBS8TE. [Date Accessed].
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