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AVHRR Pathfinder version 5.2 level 3 collated (L3C) global 4km sea surface temperature for 1981-2012
Entry ID: gov.noaa.nodc.AVHRR_Pathfinder-NODC-L3C-v5.2_5.2

Abstract: The AVHRR Pathfinder Version 5.2 Sea Surface Temperature data set (PFV52) is a collection of global, twice-daily 4km sea surface temperature data produced in a partnership by the NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center and the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. PFV52 was computed from data from the AVHRR instruments on board NOAA's polar orbiting satellite ... View entire text

Purpose: To provide sea surface temperature data and related parameters with good temporal consistency, high accuracy and spatial resolution, and for archive and distribution through the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). This SST data collection is intended primarily for climate related applications and studies and is being established to help form the basis for a Climate Data Record for SST.
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Geographic Coverage
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  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: AVHRR Pathfinder version 5.2 level 3 collated (L3C) global 4km sea surface temperature for 1981-2012
Version: 5.2
Data Presentation Form: netCDF
Dataset DOI: 10.7289/V5WD3XHB
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1981-09-01
Stop Date: 2012-12-31
Access Constraints Cite as: Casey, Kenneth S.; Evans, Robert H.; Baringer, Warner; Kilpatrick, Katherine A.; Podesta, Guillermo P.; Walsh, Susan; Williams, Elizabeth; Brandon, Tess B.; Byrne, Deirdre A.; Foti, Gregg; Li, Yuanjie; Phillips, Sheri A.; Zhang, Dexin; Zhang, Yongsheng (2011). AVHRR Pathfinder version 5.2 level 3 collated (L3C) global 4km sea surface temperature for 1981-2012. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5WD3XHB [access date]
Use Constraints Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
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National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: 301-713-3277
Fax: 301-713-3302
Email: NODC.DataOfficer at
Contact Address:
1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, 4th floor
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Country: USA
Fees: Digital data may be downloaded from NCEI at no charge in most cases. For custom orders of digital data or to obtain a copy of analog materials, please contact NCEI Information Services for information about current fees.
Phone: 301-713-3277
Fax: 301-713-3300
Email: NODC.DataOfficer at
Contact Address:
Federal Building 151 Patton Avenue
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2019-03-06
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-03-20