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Sea Ice Data

Sea Ice Data from a Variety of Sensors and Sources

Data Summaries: Visible and Infrared Sea Ice Products

The sea ice products listed on this page are derived from visible and infrared sensors. For sea ice products from passive microwave sensors, or for sea ice field observations and operational charts, refer to:


Arctic Sea Ice Melt Pond Statistics and Maps, 1999, 2000, and 2001

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g02159 Thumbnail Image Spatial Coverage: Northern: N: 90° S: 73° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 01 August 1999 – 30 September 2001
Parameters: Melt Pond Area, Melt Pond Size Statistics

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Platform(s):

  • SATELLITES

Sensor(s):

  • Varies

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 1 m – 500 m
Temporal: Varies

Data Format:

Microsoft Excel, ASCII, GeoTIFF, PNG, JPG

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

FTP | Browse

Data Set Creator(s):

F. Fetterer, S. Wilds, J. Sloan

IMS Daily Northern Hemisphere Snow and Ice Analysis at 4 km and 24 km Resolution

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g02156 Thumbnail Image Spatial Coverage: Northern: N: 90° S: 0° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 01 February 1997 – Present
Parameters: Snow Cover, Ice Cover

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Platform(s):

  • DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
  • GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES
  • NOAA POES NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites
  • SATELLITES

Sensor(s):

  • AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • GOES I-M IMAGER
  • SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave/Imager

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 4 km, 24 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

Flat binary (4-byte integer), GeoTIFF, ASCII, GIF

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

FTP

Data Set Creator(s):

National Ice Center (NIC)

Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent - Northern Hemisphere (MASIE-NH)

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Sample Image Spatial Coverage: Northern: N: 90° S: 0° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: Previous Month
Parameters: Ice Edges, Ice Extent, Ice Growth Melt

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Platform(s):

  • ALOS Advanced Land Observing Satellite
  • AQUA Earth Observing System, AQUA
  • DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
  • ENVISAT Environmental Satellite
  • ERS-2 European Remote Sensing Satellite-2
  • GOES NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites
  • MSG Meteosat Second Generation
  • NOAA POES NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites
  • RADARSAT-2
  • SATELLITES

Sensor(s):

  • AMSR-E Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS
  • AMSU-A Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A
  • AMSU-B ADVANCED MICROWAVE SOUNDING UNIT B (AMSU-B)
  • ASAR Advanced Synthetic Aperature Radar
  • AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • GOES I-M IMAGER
  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • PALSAR Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • SEVIRI Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager
  • SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave/Imager

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 4 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

ASCII, GeoTIFF, PNG, Shapefiles, KMZ, NetCDF, Excel

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

FTP | Product Web Site

Data Set Creator(s):

F. Fetterer, M. Savoie, S. Helfrich, P. Clemente-Colón

MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Day

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MODIS  thumbnail image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: -90° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 04 July 2002 – Present
Parameters: Sea Ice Extent, Sea Ice Temperature

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Platform(s):

  • AQUA Earth Observing System, AQUA

Sensor(s):

  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • SPECTRORADIOMETERS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 1 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

HDF-EOS

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

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Data Set Creator(s):

D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, V. V. Salomonson

MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Day

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MODIS  thumbnail image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: -90° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 24 February 2000 – Present
Parameters: Sea Ice Temperature

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Platform(s):

  • TERRA Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)

Sensor(s):

  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • SPECTRORADIOMETERS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 1 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

HDF-EOS

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

Order Data

Data Set Creator(s):

D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, V. V. Salomonson

MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Night

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MODIS  thumbnail image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: -90° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 04 July 2002 – Present
Parameters: Sea Ice Extent, Sea Ice Temperature

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Platform(s):

  • AQUA Earth Observing System, AQUA

Sensor(s):

  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • SPECTRORADIOMETERS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 1 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

HDF-EOS

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

Order Data

Data Set Creator(s):

D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, V. V. Salomonson

MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent Daily L3 Global 1km EASE-Grid Night

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MODIS  thumbnail image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: -90° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 24 February 2000 – Present
Parameters: Sea Ice Extent, Sea Ice Temperature

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Platform(s):

  • TERRA Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)

Sensor(s):

  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • SPECTRORADIOMETERS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 1 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

HDF-EOS

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

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Data Set Creator(s):

D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, V. V. Salomonson

MODIS/Aqua Sea Ice Extent and IST Daily L3 Global 4km EASE-Grid Day

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MODIS  thumbnail image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: -90° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 04 July 2002 – Present
Parameters: Sea Ice Extent, Sea Ice Temperature

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Platform(s):

  • AQUA Earth Observing System, AQUA

Sensor(s):

  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • SPECTRORADIOMETERS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 4 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

HDF-EOS

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

Order Data

Data Set Creator(s):

D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, V. V. Salomonson

MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent and IST Daily L3 Global 4km EASE-Grid Day

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MODIS  thumbnail image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: -90° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 24 February 2000 – Present
Parameters: Sea Ice Extent, Sea Ice Temperature

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Platform(s):

  • TERRA Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)

Sensor(s):

  • MODIS Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • SPECTRORADIOMETERS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 4 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

HDF-EOS

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

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Data Set Creator(s):

D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, V. V. Salomonson

SHEBA Reconnaissance Imagery

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SHEBA Thumbnail Sample Image Spatial Coverage: Global: N: 90° S: 74° E: 180° W: -180°
Temporal Coverage: 25 August 1997 – 03 October 1998
Parameters: Optical Band Imagery

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Platform(s):

  • SATELLITES
  • SHIP

Sensor(s):

  • CAMERAS

Data Resolution:

Spatial: 4 km
Temporal: Daily

Data Format:

Binary, GeoTIFF, ERDAS Imagine

More Information:

Metadata | Documentation

Data Access:

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Data Set Creator(s):

F. Fetterer, N. Untersteiner