Nenana Ice Classic: Tanana River Ice Annual Breakup Dates

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NSIDC-0064

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Originator: Nenana Ice Classic
Publication Date: 20110929
Title: Nenana Ice Classic: Tanana River Ice Annual Breakup Dates
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0064.html

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The Nenana river in the Interior of Alaska usually freezes over during October and November. The ice continues to grow throughout the winter accumulating an average maximum thickness of about 110 cm, depending upon winter weather conditions.

The Nenana River Ice Classic competition began in 1917 when railroad engineers bet a total of 800 dollars, winner takes all, guessing the exact time (month, day, hour, minute) ice on the Nenana River would break up. Each year since then, Alaska residents have guessed at the timing of the river breakup. A tripod, connected to an on-shore clock with a string, is planted in two feet of river ice during river freeze-up in October or November. The following spring, the clock automatically stops when the tripod moves as the ice breaks up. The time on the clock is used as the river ice breakup time.

Many factors influence the river ice breakup, such as air temperature, ice thickness, snow cover, wind, water temperature, and depth of water below the ice. Generally, the Nenana river ice breaks up in late April or early May (historically, April 20 to May 20). The time series of the Nenana river ice breakup dates can be used to indicate climate change in the region.

Purpose: scientific research

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Originator: Nenana Ice Classic
Publication Date: 20110929
Title: Nenana Ice Classic: Tanana River Ice Annual Breakup Dates
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/nsidc0064_nenana.gd.html

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Beginning Date: 19170401
Ending Date: Unknown

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West Bounding Coordinate: -149°
East Bounding Coordinate: -149°
North Bounding Coordinate: 62°
South Bounding Coordinate: 62°

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Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Cryosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Cryosphere Snow/Ice Ice Growth/Melt
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Cryosphere Snow/Ice River Ice
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Ice Growth/Melt
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice River Ice

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Theme Keyword: EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System
Theme Keyword: ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program

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Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Theme Keyword: CLOCKS

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Theme Keyword: GROUND STATIONS

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Theme Keyword: EOSDIS
Theme Keyword: Nenana Ice Classic
Theme Keyword: Nenana River
Theme Keyword: NSIDC
Theme Keyword: River Ice Breakup
Theme Keyword: Tanana River

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Contact Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center

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  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

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  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

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NSIDC-0064

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Metadata Reference Information:

Metadata Date:

20130318

Metadata Review Date:

20130318

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Contact Person Primary:

Contact Person: NSIDC User Services
Contact Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

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FGDC-STD-012-2002

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