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Global Annual Freezing and Thawing Indices

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0063

Summary

The total annual freezing and thawing indices are defined as the cumulative number of degree-days when air temperatures are below and above zero degrees Celsius. The total annual freezing index has been widely used to predict permafrost distribution; estimate the maximum thickness of sea, lake, and river ice, and the maximum depth of ground-frost penetration; and classify snow types. The annual total thawing index has been used to predict permafrost distribution and to estimate the maximum depth of thaw in frozen ground. Both total freezing and thawing indices are important parameters for engineering design in cold regions.

Data coverage is global. The data set contains the total annual freezing and thawing indices with a spatial resolution of 0.5 degrees latitude by 0.5 degrees longitude. Two data files are available, for the freeze and thaw indices respectively, in flat binary format. Each file is approximately 1 MB in size. The total annual freezing and thawing indexes were calculated based upon the monthly mean air temperature by Legates and Willmott (1990).

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 90°     S: -90°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Zhang, T.
Dataset Title: Global Annual Freezing and Thawing Indices
Dataset Release Date: 1998-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0063.html

Location Keywords

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Air Temperature
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost
  • Land Surface Soils Permafrost
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost

Ancillary Keywords

  • Air Temperature
  • Cryosphere
  • Degree Days
  • Freeze
  • Frozen Ground
  • Frozen Soil
  • Ice Growth
  • Ice Melt
  • Permafrost
  • Snow Melt
  • Thaw

Instrument

  • THERMISTORS
  • THERMOMETERS

Project

  • EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System
  • ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

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 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

Frozen Ground Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/fgdc/

Data Center Personnel

Name: FGDC 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

Personnel

Tingjun Z Zhang
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2359 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • University of Colorado
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology
  • UCB449

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

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

Reference

Legates, D. R. and C. J. Willmott, 1990: Mean Seasonal and Spatial Variability in Global Surface Air Temperature, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 41(1-2).

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 1998-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-07-26

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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