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AMSR-E/Aqua Daily L3 12.5 km Brightness Temperature, Sea Ice Concentration, & Snow Depth Polar Grids, Version 2 (AE_SI12)
Data set:
AE_SI12
Citation
There is a more recent version of these data.

Overview

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua satellite, provides global passive microwave measurements of land, ocean, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of water and energy cycles. 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. Data are mapped to a polar stereographic grid at 12.5 km spatial resolution. Sea ice concentration and brightness temperatures include daily ascending averages, daily descending averages, and daily averages; snow depth over sea ice data is a five-day running average. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format and are available from 19 June 2002 to 3 October 2011 via FTP.
Data Contributor(s):
  • Donald
    Cavalieri
  • Josefino 'Joey'
    Comiso
  • Thorsten
    Markus
Parameter(s):
BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE MICROWAVE IMAGERY SEA ICE CONCENTRATION SNOW DEPTH
Platform(s):
AQUA
Sensor(s):
AMSR-E
Data Format(s):
HDF-EOS2
Temporal Coverage:
19 June 2002 to 3 October 2011
Temporal Resolution:
1 day
Spatial Resolution:
12.5 km
12.5 km
Spatial Coverage:
N:
-39.23
S:
-90
E:
180
W:
-180
N:
90
S:
30.98
E:
180
W:
-180

Data Access & Tools

This data set has been retired. There is a more recent version of these data.

Help Articles

How To

Many NSIDC DAAC data sets can be accessed using the NSIDC DAAC's Data Access Tool. This tool provides the ability to search and filter data with spatial and temporal constraints using a map-based interface.
To convert HDF5 files into binary format you will need to use the h5dump utility, which is part of the HDF5 distribution available from the HDF Group. How you install HDF5 depends on your operating system.
AMSR-E sea ice data sets are provided in the Polar Stereographic projection. NSIDC provides gridded latitude and longitude files that give the coordinates for the center of each grid cell.
All data from the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) can be accessed directly from our HTTPS file system, using wget or curl. Basic command line instructions are provided in the article below. 
NASA Earthdata Search is a map-based interface where a user can search for Earth science data, filter results based on spatial and temporal constraints, and order data with customizations including re-formatting, re-projecting, and spatial and parameter subsetting.
NASA Worldview uses the Global Imagery Browse Service (GIBS) to provide up to date, full resolution imagery for select NSIDC DAAC data sets (see attachments below).
NASA's Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides up to date, full resolution imagery for selected NSIDC DAAC data sets. 

Getting started

The following table describes the data subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services that are currently available for AMSR-E data via the NASA Earthdata Search tool.