During the averaging process, NODATA pixels were not included; data pixels with no corresponding data pixels were maintained as their original number to maximize the amount of available data. The complete product development process is available at <http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/SatelliteData/pathfinder4km/PFV5_GIS_tutorial.html>.
The NODC collection of value-added, cloud-screened products in HDF4 were developed from original AVHRR Pathfinder files archived at the NODC. These products contain daytime, nighttime, and day-night averaged data of quality flags 4-7, as well as standard deviation and pixel count information. They have been produced from the original Pathfinder Version 5.0 data by NODC for Daily, 5-day, 7-day, and monthly temporal averages at 4km and one degree spatial resolution, as well as five degree spatial resolution for monthly products. The monthly full resolution products were utilized to develop the final GIS files of this data set. While these cloudscreened files are derived from official Pathfinder Version 5.0 data, they are NOT part of the official NODC Version 5.0 collection. To access this collection use the Version5.0/ directory at the NODC's Pathfinder section of the website. For more information on their provenance, contents, or relationship to official Pathfinder Version 5.0 data, please contact Ken Casey at Kenneth.Casey@noaa.gov. NODC December 2010