Due to a software issue at the SMAP Science Data System (SDS), SMAP products cannot be produced automatically. Data production, and therefore data delivery, may be sporadic and come in waves until the software issue is fixed. In particular, users should expect large data gaps over the weekends which will be back-filled every Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience and a patch to fix the issue should be delivered within the next month.
On Wednesday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (USA Mountain Time), the following data collections may not be available due to planned system maintenance: AMSR-E, Aquarius, High Mountain Asia, IceBridge, ICESat/GLAS, ICESat-2, MEaSUREs, MODIS, NISE, SMAP, SnowEx, and VIIRS.
Data Set ID:
SPL3FTA

SMAP L3 Radar Northern Hemisphere Daily 3 km EASE-Grid Freeze/Thaw State, Version 3

This Level-3 (L3) product provides a daily composite of Northern Hemisphere landscape freeze/thaw conditions retrieved by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) radar from 6:00 a.m. descending and 6:00 p.m. ascending half-orbit passes. SMAP L-band backscatter data are used to derive freeze/thaw data, which are then resampled to an Earth-fixed, Northern Hemisphere azimuthal 3 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid, Version 2.0 (EASE-Grid 2.0).

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

Changes to this version include:

  • Transitioned to Validated-Stage 2
  • Uses SPL1CS0 V3 Validated data as input
  • Using full swath except for nadir-anomaly flagged areas to provide better coverage
  • Resolved some flag and fillValue errors

For the full major and minor version history, go to https://nsidc.org/data/smap/data_versions.

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):
  • SNOW/ICE > FREEZE/THAW
  • RADAR > SIGMA NAUGHT
  • SNOW/ICE > FREEZE/THAW > TRANSITION DIRECTION
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: 85.044, 
S: 45, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):SMAP
Spatial Resolution:
  • 3 km x 3 km
Sensor(s):SMAP L-BAND RADAR
Temporal Coverage:
  • 13 April 2015 to 7 July 2015
Version(s):V3
Temporal Resolution1 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Dunbar, R. S., X. Xu, A. Colliander, C. Derksen, K. C. McDonald, E. Podest, E. G. Njoku, J. S. Kimball, and Y. Kim.

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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.

Dunbar, R. S., X. Xu, A. Colliander, C. Derksen, K. C. McDonald, E. Podest, E. G. Njoku, J. S. Kimball, and Y. Kim. 2016. SMAP L3 Radar Northern Hemisphere Daily 3 km EASE-Grid Freeze/Thaw State, 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/CPSA0M496MGB. [Date Accessed].

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