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Sea Ice Data

Sea Ice Data from a Variety of Sensors and Sources

Field Observations and Operational Charts of Sea Ice Data

Sea ice products on this page all come from field observations and sea ice charts along with some data sets that incorporate satellite data. Data sets include sea ice charts, sea ice drift and velocity, sea ice concentration and extent, sea ice thickness, sea ice age, and others from ships, buoys, upward-looking sonar, and manned research stations.

For sea ice products derived from passive microwave sensors, or from visible and infrared sensors, refer to:


Data Set ID Data Set Title
NSIDC-0050 Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) 10-Day Arctic Ocean EASE-Grid Sea Ice Observations
G00799 Arctic and Southern Ocean Sea Ice Concentration
G01938 Arctic Climatology Project - EWG Arctic Meteorology and Climate Atlas
G01358 Arctic Ocean Drift tracks from Ships, Buoys and Manned Research Stations
G02203 Arctic Sea Ice Charts from Danish Meteorological Institute, 1893 - 1956
G10007 Arctic Sea Ice Concentration and Extent from Danish Meteorological Institute Sea Ice Charts, 1901-1956
G02139 AWI Moored ULS Data, Greenland Sea and Fram Strait, 1991-2002
G01359 AWI Moored ULS Data, Weddell Sea (1990-1998)
NSIDC-0020 Coordinated Eastern Arctic Experiment (CEAREX), 1988 through 1989
G01111 The Dehn Collection of Arctic Sea Ice Charts, 1953-1986
G01962 Environmental Working Group Joint U.S.-Russian Arctic Sea Ice Atlas
N/A Global Digital Sea Ice Data Bank (GDSIDB)
G02177 Ice Draft and Ice Velocity Data in the Beaufort Sea, 1990-2003
G00791 International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP) Drifting Buoy Gridded Pressure, Temperature, Position, and Interpolated Ice Velocity
G00807 International Ice Patrol (IIP) Iceberg Sightings Database
NSIDC-0084 IPAB Antarctic Drifting Buoy Data
G02169 March through August Ice Edge Positions in the Nordic Seas, 1750-2002
G02186 Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent – Northern Hemisphere (MASIE-NH)
G02140 Morphometric Characteristics of Ice and Snow in the Arctic Basin: Aircraft Landing Observations from the Former Soviet Union, 1928-1989
G02172 National Ice Center Arctic Sea Ice Charts and Climatologies in Gridded Format
G00917 National Meteorological Center/Climate Analysis Center Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice, 1973-1990
G02176 Sea Ice Charts of the Russian Arctic in Gridded Format, 1933-2006
G02182 Sea Ice Edge Location and Extent in the Russian Arctic, 1933-2006
G01169 Sea Ice Melt Pond Data from the Canadian Arctic, 1994
G02129 Southern Hemisphere Ice Limits, 1973-1978
G01360 Submarine Upward Looking Sonar Ice Draft Profile Data and Statistics