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MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 3

The MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 3 data set is a global record of the daily freeze/thaw (F/T) status of the landscape derived from satellite observations of radiometric brightness temperatures. Two F/T records are provided: one derived from Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR), Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I), and Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) data for the years 1979 to 2012; and a second derived from Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) data for the years 2002 to 2011.

Note: These data are considered provisional pending a review by the MEaSUREs program. Once the data have been reviewed, this statement will be removed from this documentation.

Version Summary:

Changes for this Version 3 release include: extending the F/T record through 2012; correcting land/ocean mask and F/T misclassification errors over some ocean dominated grid cells; revising the methodology used to produce the data quality annual maps.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 86.7167, S: -86.7167, E: 179.9999, W: -179.9999

Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 km x 25km
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-06-19 to 2011-09-27
  • 1979-01-01 to 2012-12-31
Temporal Resolution:
1 day
  • Snow/Ice > Freeze/Thaw
AQUA, DMSP 5D-2/F11, DMSP 5D-2/F13, DMSP 5D-2/F8, DMSP 5D-3/F17, NIMBUS-7
Data Format(s):
  • GIF
  • HDF
  • GeoTIFF
Data Contributor(s): Youngwook Kim, John Kimball, Joe Glassy, Kyle McDonald

Data Citation

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

Kim, Y., J. S. Kimball, J. Glassy, and K. C. McDonald. 2014. MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 3. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using this data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Kim, Y., K. Zhang, K. C. McDonald, and J. S. Kimball. 2012. Satellite detection of increasing Northern Hemisphere non-frozen seasons from 1979 to 2008: Implications for regional vegetation growth, Remote Sensing of Environment. 121. 472-487.

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