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Arctic Landfast Sea Ice 1953-1998

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The files in this data set contain landfast sea ice data (monthly means) gathered from both Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and Canadian Ice Service (CIS) sources. Details on processing and treatment are given in the contributor's PhD thesis (Konig 2007), provided through the PhD Thesis link above. The data are provided in netCDF format.

The time span over which data are available is split into 3 ranges: for 1953-1967 there are only AARI data, for 1968-1990 both AARI and CIS data are available, and from 1991-1998 only CIS data are available.

There are a total of six files: two for the 1953-1967 data, two for the 1968-1990 data, and two for the 1991-1998 data. There are two files for each range because the files with "_noNaN" in their names contain "-1000" as the missing value, and the other files use "nan" as the missing value. Otherwise the data in those files are identical.

AARI data were obtained from NSIDC data set AARI 10-Day Arctic Ocean EASE-Grid Sea Ice Observations (Fetterer and Troisi, 1997) that was later replaced by Sea Ice Charts of the Russian Arctic in Gridded Format, 1933-2006 (AARI, 2007).

Fetterer, F., and V. Troisi. 1997. AARI 10-Day Arctic Ocean EASE-Grid Sea Ice Observations. Boulder, CO, USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. 2007. Sea ice charts of the Russian Arctic in gridded format, 1933-2006. Edited and compiled by V. Smolyanitsky, V. Borodachev, A. Mahoney, F. Fetterer, and R. Barry. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Notice to Data Users: The documentation for this data set was provided solely by the contributor and was not further developed, thoroughly reviewed, or edited by NSIDC. Thus, support for this data set may be limited.

Geographic Coverage


Spatial Coordinates:
N: 90°     S: 55°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Konig Beatty, C. S.
Dataset Title: Arctic Landfast Sea Ice 1953-1998
Dataset Release Date: 2012-10-31
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource:
Dataset DOI:

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1953-01-01
Stop Date: 1998-12-31

Data Resolution

Latitude Resolution: .2
Longitude Resolution: .2

Location Keywords


Science Keywords

  • Oceans Sea Ice

Ancillary Keywords

  • landfast ice

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Data Set Progress


Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA


Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 233 - 668 MB
Distribution Format: NetCDF


Christof S. Konig Beatty
Contact Address:

  • Universite Catholique de Louvain

Related URL

AARI 10-Day Arctic Ocean EASE-Grid Sea Ice Observations

Sea ice charts of the Russian Arctic in gridded format, 1933-2006


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Colón Pablo Clemente-Colón

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DIF Creation Date: 2012-10-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-02-11

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