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Sea Ice Data

Sea Ice Data from a Variety of Sensors and Sources

Other Data Sources

Following is a list of other sources of sea ice data and information. If there are any other resources you would like to see linked here, please contact NSIDC User Services.

Source Products
Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) SAR Data Center Specializes in high-latitude Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data collection, processing, archiving, and distribution.
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) Russian research institute dedicated to the field of comprehensive studies of the Arctic and Antarctica.
Arctic Climate System Study (ACSYS) Historical Ice Chart Archive Historical sea ice observations in the Arctic region between 30° W and 70° E in the form of digitized maps, stored as shape files.
Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) Expert group on multi-disciplinary Antarctic sea ice zone research within the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Physical Sciences program.
Brigham Young University (BYU) NASA Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder (SCP) The NASA Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder (SCP) is a NASA-sponsored project to develop scatterometer-based data time series to support climate studies of the cryosphere and biosphere.
Canadian Ice Service (CIS) Historical ice data, including microfilm charts, digital data, aircraft and satellite photography, radar imagery, real-time and climatological ice information, and field services.
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Ice mass balance buoy data.
The Cryosphere Today A Web site devoted to the current state of the cryosphere.
Danish Center for Remote Sensing (DCRS) Near-real-time SSM/I F-13 and F-14, Quikscat, and AVHRR sea ice data.
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany Polar Sea Ice Concentration and Extent: Near-real-time and monthly charts since 1978 (generated from data provided by NSIDC).
French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) Backscatter maps from scatterometry data.
Global Digital Sea Ice Bank (GDSIDB) Large collection of sea ice data and charts.
IARC-JAXA Sea Ice Monitor IARC-JAXA Information System Arctic sea ice monitor using AMSR-E data.
International Ice Patrol (IIP) Iceberg tracking and ice limits for the Arctic. Note: IIP does not provide sea ice information.
Lars Kaleschke's Web page Near-real-time 12.5 km resolution sea ice concentration maps calculated from the ARTIST Sea Ice (ASI) algorithm.
Met Office Hadley Centre Sea Ice and Sea Surface Temperature data set (HadISST) A unique combination of monthly globally-complete fields of sea surface temperature and sea ice concentration on a one degree latitude/longitude grid from 1870 to date.
MODIS Rapid Response System: Antarctica Generates complete mosaic images of Antarctica every day from 04 December 2008 to the present.
MODIS Rapid Response System: Arctic Generates complete mosaic images of the Arctic every day from 18 March 2009 to the present.
NASA Goddard Sea Ice Remote Sensing Conducts basic research about the study of the long-term variability of the polar sea ice cover and its relationship to climate change, the study of air-sea-ice interactions at polar latitudes, and the development and validation of sea ice algorithms.
National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch (MMAB) Sea Ice Home Page Graphics of monthly Antarctic sea ice concentration plus links to other sea ice resources.
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System (ROOS) Arctic ROOS promotes, develops, and maintains operational monitoring and forecasting of ocean circulation, water masses, ocean surface conditions, sea ice, and biological/chemical constituents.
National Ice Center (NIC) Digital sea ice charts for the eastern and western Arctic and Antarctica.
National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office: Anchorage, AK Daily sea surface temperature and sea ice analysis for Alaska.
Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Global QuikSCAT sigma-0 sea ice browse images produced by David Long at Brigham Young University.
RADARSAT Geophysical Processing System (RGPS) RGPS produces sea ice motion, deformation, and estimates of thickness from RADARSAT imagery.
University of Bremen AMSR-E sea ice charts High-resolution AMSR-E 89 GHz sea ice images.
University of Washington Polar Science Center (PSC) Oceanographic data, IABP buoy data, POLES, SHEBA, TOVS, PHC, and SCICEX data.