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For general citations of the PATMOS-x/AVHRR product please use the following reference:

Heidinger, A. K., M. J Foster, A. Walther and X. Zhao, 2013: The Pathfinder Atmospheres Extended (PATMOS-x) AVHRR Climate Data Set. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, doi:


Heidinger, A.K., Straka III, W.C., Molling, C.C., Sullivan, J.T. and Wu, X. 2010: Deriving an inter-sensor consistent calibration for the AVHRR solar reflectance data record. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, 6493-6517.

Molling, C.C., Heidinger, A.K., Straka III, W.C. and Wu, X. 2010: Calibrations for AVHRR channels 1 and 2: review and path toward consensus. International Journal of Remote Sensing., 31, 6519-6540.

Heidinger, A.K., Cao, C. and Sullivan, J.T. 2002: Using moderate resolution imaging spectrometer (MODIS) to calibrate advanced very high resolution radiometer reflectance channels. Journal of Geophysical Research 107, pp. 11.1-11.9.

Heidinger, A.K., Sullivan, J.T. and Rao, C.R.N. 2003: Calibration of visible and near-infrared channels of the NOAA-12 AVHRR using time series of observations over deserts. International Journal of Remote Sensing 24, Issue 18, pp. 3635-3649.


Walther, A., S. Miller, and A. K. Heidinger, 2013: The expected performance of cloud optical and microphysical properties derived from Suomi NPP VIIRS day/night band lunar reflectance, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118(13), 230-240.

Walther, A. and A. K. Heidinger, 2012: Implementation of the Daytime Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties algorithm (DCOMP) in PATMOS-x. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51, 7, pp.1371-1390.

Heidinger, A. K., A. T. Evan, M. J. Foster and A. Walther, 2012: A naive Bayesian cloud-detection scheme derived from CALIPSO and applied within PATMOS-x. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51(6), 1129-1144.

Heidinger, A. K., and Pavolonis, M. J.,2009: Gazing at Cirrus Clouds for 25 Years through a Split-Window. Part I: Methodology, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 28(6), 1100-1116.

Pavolonis, Michael J.; Heidinger, Andrew K. and Uttal, Taneil. 2005: Daytime global cloud typing from AVHRR and VIIRS: Algorithm description, validation, and comparisons. Journal of Applied Meteorology, Volume 44, Issue 6, 2005, pp.804-826.

Pavolonis, Michael J. and Heidinger, Andrew K.. 2004: Daytime cloud overlap detection from AVHRR and VIIRS. Journal of Applied Meteorology, Volume 43, Issue 5, 2004, pp.762-778.

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