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Meltpond2000 Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer Sea Ice Brightness Temperatures, Version 1

The Meltpond2000 project was the first in a series of Arctic and Antarctic aircraft campaigns to validate sea ice algorithms developed for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E), primarily to quantify errors in AMSR-E sea ice products resulting from the presence of melt ponds. The AMSR-E validation effort addresses data quality through comprehensive calibration and validation programs. These programs characterize and document the accuracy and precision of AMSR-E observations and their derived products. Data were collected from five flights over Baffin Bay and the Canadian Archipelago from 26 June 2000 to 6 July 2000. All measurements fall within 68.967 deg N - 76.422 deg N, 63.197 deg W - 105.022 deg W. Spatial resolution varies from 0.13 km to 3.6 km, depending on the sensor. Data are provided as MATLAB files, requiring MATLAB version 5.3 or greater. These data and MATLAB programs to generate brightness temperature (TB) maps are available via FTP.

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Temporal Coverage:
  • 2000-06-26 to 2000-07-06
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 76.42194, S: 68.96694, E: -63.19694, W: -105.02194

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Infrared Wavelengths > Brightness Temperature
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature
  • Sea Ice > Ice Temperature
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Data Contributor(s): Marian Klein, Albin Gasiewski, Donald Cavalieri, Thorsten Markus

We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation. For more information, see Use and Copyright.

Klein, M., A. J. Gasiewski, D. J. Cavalieri, and T. Markus. 2004. Meltpond2000 Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer Sea Ice Brightness Temperatures, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center.

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