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Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0077

Nimbus-5 ESMR Polar Gridded Brightness Temperatures, Version 2

The Nimbus-5 Electrically Scanning Microwave Radiometer (ESMR) data set consists of gridded brightness temperature arrays for the Arctic and Antarctic, spanning 11 December 1972 through 16 May 1977. The data were gridded to a polar stereographic projection at 25 km resolution and adjusted to partially remove instrument drift and sensitivity shifts. The ESMR instrument senses horizontally polarized radiation at a frequency of 19 GHz. Daily data that could not be adjusted are missing from this updated data set. Data are in 2-byte integer flat-binary format, and are available via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: 50, E: 180, W: -180

  • N: -50, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 km x 25 km
Temporal Coverage:
  • 11 December 1972 to 16 May 1977
Temporal Resolution: 1 day
Parameter(s):
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature
Platform(s) NIMBUS-5
Sensor(s): ESMR, RADIOMETERS
Data Format(s):
  • Binary
Version: V2
Data Contributor(s): Claire Parkinson, Josephino 'Joey' Comiso, H. Zwally

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Parkinson, C. L., J. C. Comiso, and H. J. Zwally. 1999. Nimbus-5 ESMR Polar Gridded Brightness Temperatures, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/CIRAYZROIYF9. [Date Accessed].
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