Abstract: 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.
Data Set Citation
Neale, C. M.U. and M. J. McFarland.
DMSP-F8 SSM/I Pathfinder Land Surface Products
Dataset Release Date:
Dataset Release Place:
Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
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Postal Code: 80309-0449
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.