Data Set ID: 
AE_SI12

AMSR-E/Aqua Daily L3 12.5 km Brightness Temperature, Sea Ice Concentration, & Snow Depth Polar Grids, Version 3

This Level-3 gridded product (AE_SI12) includes brightness temperatures at 18.7 through 89.0 GHz, sea ice concentration, and snow depth over sea ice.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Changes to the Version 3 algorithm for these data include:

  • Uses Version 3 of the AMSR-E/Aqua L2A Global Swath Spatially-Resampled Brightness Temperatures data as input
  • Improved Antarctic land mask: Includes an updated ice shelf definition created by the National Ice Center Science Department in June 2011, and an updated shoreline developed from ENVISAT and RADARSAT imagery from October 2009 to April 2010. Also, this updated version no longer uses the Level-2A land flag and only uses the updated land mask for surface type classification in the southern hemisphere sea ice concentration algorithm.
  • Inclusion of ISO lineage metadata

COMPREHENSIVE Level of Service

Data: Data integrity and usability verified; data customization services available for select data

Documentation: Key metadata and comprehensive user guide available

User Support: Assistance with data access and usage; guidance on use of data in tools and data customization services

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Parameter(s):
  • MICROWAVE > BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE
  • SEA ICE > SEA ICE CONCENTRATION
  • SEA ICE > SNOW DEPTH
Data Format(s):
  • HDF-EOS
Spatial Coverage:
N: -39.23, 
N: 90, 
S: -90, 
S: 30.98, 
E: 180, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
W: -180
Platform(s):AQUA
Spatial Resolution:
  • 12.5 km x 12.5 km
  • 12.5 x 12.5
Sensor(s):AMSR-E
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 June 2002 to 4 October 2011
Version(s):V3
Temporal Resolution1 day, 5 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Donald Cavalieri, Josefino 'Joey' Comiso, Thorsten Markus

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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.

Cavalieri, D. J., T. Markus, and J. C. Comiso. 2014. AMSR-E/Aqua Daily L3 12.5 km Brightness Temperature, Sea Ice Concentration, & Snow Depth Polar Grids, Version 3. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_SI12.003. [Date Accessed].

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