AVHRR Pathfinder Atmospheres - Extended


PATMOS-x is a project to derive atmospheric and surfac climate records from the roughly 25 years of data from NOAA's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) flown on the POES spacecraft. PATMOS-x consists of twice daily fields from all of AVHRR/2 and AVHRR/3 data from 1981 to the present. In addition, monthly averaged fields are also available from single and multiple satellites. The PATMOS-x philosophy is to generate multiple products (cloud, aerosol, surface and radiometric) on the same grid using a common processing path. While the spatial resolution (0.5deg) is coarser than that typically offered by other climatologies that focus on surface products, we feel that having all of products together allows for a more thorough diagnosis of any one time-series.

Contact information

CIMSS Program Assistant: Maria Vasys
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-7435 (CIMSS Office)
Fax: 608-262-5974 (CIMSS Office)

Principal Investigator

Andrew Heidinger

Funding contributors and acknowledgements

This project was initially funded as an AVHRR Reprocessing Demonstration Project by the NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research.
Many of the PATMOS-x algorithm improvements were taken from research funded by the GOES-R Algorithm Working Group (AWG) and the NOAA Integrated Program Office.

December 8, 2008