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NetCDF Resources at NSIDC

Data Available from NSIDC in NetCDF

The following is a list of data sets available from NSIDC in netCDF format.

Snow and Ice Data

Global EASE-Grid 8-day Blended SSM/I and MODIS Snow Cover

This data set comprises global, 8-day snow-covered area (SCA) and snow water equivalent (SWE) data. Global SWE data are derived from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) and are enhanced with MODIS/Terra Snow Cover 8-Day Level 3 Global 0.05 degree Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) data. These data are suitable for continental-scale time-series studies of snow cover and snow water equivalent. For more information or to access the data, please see the Global EASE-Grid 8-day Blended SSM/I and MODIS Snow Cover documentation.

UMISM Amundsen Sea Sector Data Set

This data set includes a nested model, that starts at low resolution for the whole Antarctic Ice Sheet, and then embeds higher resolution data at limited domains. There are at least three levels of nesting: whole, regional, and specific ice streams. Investigators focused on the Thwaites Glacier and the Pine Island Glacier. The model was produced using data from (Holt et al. 2006) and (Vaughan et al. 2006). For more information or to access the data, please see the UMISM Amundsen Sea Sector Data Set documentation.

Atmospheric Data

Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) Reflectivity, Wakasa Bay, Japan

This data set includes 94 GHz co- and cross-polarized radar reflectivity. The Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) sensor was mounted to a NASA P-3 aircraft flown over the Sea of Japan, the Western Pacific Ocean, and the Japanese Islands. The ACR data were acquired during the AMSR/AMSR-E Wakasa Bay Field Campaign in January and February 2003. For more information or to access the data, please see the Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) Reflectivity, Wakasa Bay, Japan documentation.

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM)

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program's primary objective is to test and improve General Circulation Model (GCM) parameterizations of clouds and their effect on the radiative energy balance. The ARM Program focuses on six research areas: 1) aerosols, 2) clouds, 3) longwave radiation, 4) shortwave radiation, 5) surface energy exchange (or flux), and 6) atmospheric state. To access the data, please see the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM) data access page.

CLPX-Model: Local Analysis and Prediction System: 4-D Atmospheric Analyses

The Local Analysis and Prediction System (LAPS), run by the NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL), combines numerous observed meteorological data sets into a collection of atmospheric analyses. For more information or to access the data, please see the CLPX-Model: Local Analysis and Prediction System: 4-D Atmospheric Analyses documentation