Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database

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Entry ID

G01377

Summary

The Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database contains freeze and thaw/breakup dates as well as other descriptive ice cover data for 865 lakes and rivers in the Northern Hemisphere. Of the 542 water bodies that have records longer than 19 years, 370 of them are in North America and 172 are in Eurasia. 249 lakes and rivers have records longer than 50 years, and 66 have records longer than 100 years. A few water bodies have data available prior to 1845. This database, with water bodies distributed around the Northern Hemisphere, allows for the analysis of broad spatial patterns as well as long-term temporal patterns.

This data set was prepared by the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research (NTL-LTER) program at the Center for Limnology (CFL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) from data submitted by participants in the Lake Ice Analysis Group (LIAG). LIAG is an international ad hoc group of scientists who participated in a 1996 workshop sponsored by CFL and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program as well as other data contributors. The group is especially interested in continuous data extending for 30 years or more. If you wish to contribute data for inclusion in the database, please contact Corinna Gries (cgries@wisc.edu) at CFL.

The data are stored in a standard format in a database. NSIDC has developed a Web-based user interface to the database that allows users to search the database and retrieve data by the available parameters. The interface also includes a link to more general information about the lakes and rivers in the database, including, for example, latitude and longitude. The output can be directed to a Web browser, a gzipped file, or a tab-separated ASCII text file.

Note: The term phenology in the data set title refers to the seasonal phenomenon of the freezing and thawing of lake and river ice.

Access to the Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database data set is unrestricted, but users are encouraged to register for the data. Registered users will automatically receive e-mail notification about any product changes.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 82.5°     S: 36.5°     E: 149.3°     W: -140.4°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Benson, B. and J. Magnuson.
Dataset Title: Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database
Dataset Release Date: 2000-12-01updated 2012
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g01377.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5W66HP8

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 874-01-01
Stop Date: 2009-12-31

Location Keywords

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw Freeze Date, Breakup Date, Ice Duration
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Lake Ice
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice River Ice
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Lake Ice
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice River Ice

Ancillary Keywords

  • Breakup
  • Broad Spatial Patterns
  • Climate
  • FREEZE UP
  • Ice Off Date
  • Ice On Date
  • Lake Ice
  • Lake Ice Analysis Group
  • LIAG
  • LONG-TERM TEMPORAL PATTERNS
  • LONG-TERM TRENDS
  • NOAA
  • NSIDC
  • River Ice

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
  • Inland Waters

Platform

  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS

Instrument

  • VISUAL OBSERVATIONS

Quality

Please see the complete product documentation on the NSIDC Web site for a discussion of quality and data corrections.

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

Barbara Benson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 608 262-3014 x
Email: bjbenson@wisc.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Center for Limnology
  • 680 N. Park Street

City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706

John Magnuson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 608 262-3014 x
Fax: 1 608 262-2340 x
Email: jjmagnus@wisc.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Center for Limnology
  • 680 N. Park Street

City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706

John Magnuson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 608 262-3014 x
Fax: 1 608 262-2340 x
Email: jjmagnus@wisc.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Center for Limnology
  • 680 N. Park Street

City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706

Florence Fetterer
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Access to data and documentation for the Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Web Site

Reference

Magnuson, J., D. Robertson, B. Benson, R. Wynne, D. Livingstone, T. Arai, R. Assel, R. Barry, V. Card, E. Kuusisto, N. Granin, T. Prowse, K. Steward, V. Vuglinski. 2000. Historical Trends in Lake and River Ice Cover in the Northern Hemisphere Science 289 (8 September):1743-1746.

Also see the papers published in the Proceedings of the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL) XXVII Congress, 9-14 August, Dublin, Ireland, 1998.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2000-12-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-10-03

Metadata Views

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Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in plain text

DIF XML

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in Extensible Markup Language (XML)

FGDC HTML

U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)

ISO HTML

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115:2003 Geographic Information Metadata

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