Physical Scientist
Advanced Satellite Products Branch
1225 West Dayton St.
Madison, WI, 53706 USA

E-mail: andrew.heidinger at
Fax: (608) 262-5974
Phone: (608) 263-6757

Active projects:

NOAA GOES-R & JPSS Cloud Teams

I lead the NOAA NESDIS Teams that develop cloud products for the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and the JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suites (VIIRS). Our mission to deliver accurate cloud products from these sensors that uses state-of-the-art techniques that are compatible with NOAA/NESDIS's processing infrastructure. We also conduct research to develop new techniques that fuse data from multiple sensors and nwp to make improved products and applications.


NOAA Operational Satellite Cloud Products

In addition to creating algorithms and applications, we also support NOAA Operations by generating data that complements the official operational data stream. We provide access to experimental data, data from non-NOAA sensors and data adjusted to account for calibration errors. Our real-time stream is available here and our climate data is available from the official NOAA archive here and from the CIMSS Climate Data portal here.


Pathfinder Atmospheres Extended (PATMOS-x)

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. A recent paper that explains the AVHRR PATMOS-x data is available here


International Cloud Working Group

I currently serve as the co-chair of the the 1st International Cloud Working Group (ICWG). Rob Roebeling (EUMETSAT) is the other co-chair. The ICWG is under the umbrella of the Coordinated Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The ICWG-CGMS provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information on cloud property retrievals from geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems.The ICWG will plan future meetings every 18-24 months for the international community of cloud retrieval scientists to get together and talk shop.