Climate Data

SST data: AVHRR Pathfinder v5.2, NOAA NODC

"The AVHRR Pathfinder Version 5.2 (PFV52) data set was computed using an entirely modernized system, based on SeaDAS and incorporating several key changes over the older Pathfinder V5.0 and V5.1 datasets. PFV52 is viewed as a significant step forward in preparation for the future Version 6 (PFV6) data set. Changes in PFV52 include the use of an entirely new land mask, a modified grid, and the inclusion of sea ice and wind speed ancillary data to support the use of the SST data."

Key Strengths:

  • Fine spatial resolution and long record length

Years of Record

1981/01 to 2011/12
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Data Time Period Extended?

yes, data set is extended


Spatial Resolution

4km (4320x8640)

Ocean or Land

Ocean Only

Missing Data Flag

missing data present

Vertical Levels

Earth system components and main variables

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Key Figures

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AVHRR Pathfinder v5.2, NOAA NODC: Sample night time sea surface skin temperature (K) for 1 Jan 2010.

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National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified 20 Aug 2013. "The Climate Data Guide: SST data: AVHRR Pathfinder v5.2, NOAA NODC." Retrieved from

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