NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NSIDC

EASE-Grid Data

Data Sets in the Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid

EASE-Grid 2.0 Format Description

Version 2.0, the newest release of EASE-Grid, is defined with the WGS 84 ellipsoid rather than the spherical Earth model in the original. It offers the following enhancements and improvements:

  • GeoTIFF compatibility
  • Exact azimuthal grid scale
  • Simplified nested grids
  • No undefined "off-the-Earth" grid cells at corners of azimuthal grids
  • With reprojection, comparisons can still be made to data in original EASE-Grid format

For a detailed comparison between the original EASE-Grid and EASE-Grid 2.0, please refer to the Versions page.

EASE-Grid 2.0 Data

Two major NASA-funded projects have adopted EASE-Grid 2.0 as the standard format for gridded data sets, including the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) project (data are forthcoming), and the MEaSUREs snow and ice project. EASE-Grid 2.0 will also be used for the Passive Microwave ESDR MEaSUREs project.

Land-Ocean-Coast-Ice Masks

Corresponding Land-Ocean-Coast-Ice (LOCI) masks derived from the BU-MODIS land cover data are also available. These Land-Ocean-Coastline-Ice (LOCI) files provide land classification masks derived from the Boston University MOD12Q1 V004 MODIS/Terra 1 km Land Cover Product. The masks are available in various EASE-Grid and EASE-Grid 2.0 azimuthal and global projections, at various spatial resolutions ranging from 3 km to 100 km.

Importing EASE-Grid 2.0 Data into a GIS

To import these data into a GIS, refer to the Importing NSIDC Passive Microwave EASE-Grid Data into a GIS page.

Citing This Tool

Citation

We kindly request that you cite the use of this tool in a publication using the following citations:

Brodzik, M. J., B. Billingsley, T. Haran, B. Raup, M. H. Savoie. 2012. EASE-Grid 2.0: Incremental but Significant Improvements for Earth-Gridded Data Sets. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 1(1):32-45, doi:10.3390/ijgi1010032. http://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/1/1/32/.

Brodzik, M. J., B. Billingsley, T. Haran, B. Raup, M. H. Savoie. 2014. Correction: Brodzik, M. J. et al. EASE-Grid 2.0: Incremental but Significant Improvements for Earth-Gridded Data Sets. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2012, 1, 32-45. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 3(3):1154-1156, doi:10.3390/ijgi3031154. http://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/3/3/1154/