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EUMETSAT OSI SAF Global Sea Ice Concentration Reprocessing Data, Version 1

The global reprocessed sea ice concentration data set from the EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) spans 1978 through 2009 and was generated with brightness temperature data from the Nimbus-7 Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) and the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) -F8, -F11, -F13, -F14, and -F15 Special Sensor Microwave/Imagers (SSM/Is). Sea ice concentrations were computed from atmospherically corrected SMMR and SSM/I brightness temperatures using a combination of state-of-the-art algorithms and dynamic tie-points. Gridded files are available every other day for the SMMR record from 1978 through 1987, and every day for the SSM/I record from 1987 through 2009. As this product contains data quality and error information and is unique from other sea ice products archived at NSIDC, such as those generated using the NASA Team and Bootstrap algorithms, it is especially useful for cross-validation studies.

Geographic Coverage

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

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 27 October 1978 to 24 October 2009
Temporal Resolution: 2 day
  • Sea Ice > Sea Ice Concentration
Platform(s) DMSP 5D-2/F11, DMSP 5D-2/F13, DMSP 5D-2/F14, DMSP 5D-2/F15, DMSP 5D-2/F8, NIMBUS-7
Sensor(s): SMMR, SSM/I
Data Format(s):
  • NetCDF
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Rasmus Tonboe, Thomas Lavergne

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.

Tonboe, R., S. Eastwood, T. Lavergne, and L. T. Pedersen. 2011. EUMETSAT OSI SAF Global Sea Ice Concentration Reprocessing Data, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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