• On Wednesday, April 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (US Mountain Time), the following data collections may not be available due to planned system maintenance: ASO, AMSR Unified, AMSR-E, Aquarius, High Mountain Asia, IceBridge, ICESat/GLAS, ICESat-2, LVIS, MEaSUREs, MODIS, Nimbus, SMAP, SnowEx, SSM/I-SSMIS and VIIRS.

  • For a list of known issues with this product, see the Known Issues document under the Documentation section of the page.

ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3B Monthly Gridded Atmosphere, Version 3
Data set id:
DOI: 10.5067/ATLAS/ATL17.003
There is a more recent version of these data.
Version Summary
Changes for this version include:

  • The blowing snow frequency parameter based on the 1 Hz average backscatter data was renamed to low-rate blowing snow frequency and a high-rate blowing snow frequency parameter generated from 25 Hz backscatter data was added.

  • The grid size for the weekly product (ATL16) changed from 2° x 2° to a 3° latitude x 3° longitude for the global coverage and to a 1° latitude x 3° longitude for the polar coverage.

  • The grid size for the monthly product (ATL17) changed from 1° x 1° to a 1° latitude x 1° longitude for the global coverage and to a 0.5° latitude x 1.5° longitude for the polar coverage.

  • Gridded parameter minimum, maximum, and standard deviation values in addition to the average are written on each image and included in the data product.


As of 18 August 2022, this data set is retired and no longer available for download. Per our agreement with the data provider, NSIDC only archives the most recent version of each of the ICESat-2 standard products and the version that preceded it. The most recent version is available from https://nsidc.org/data/icesat-2/data-sets
This data set contains a gridded summary of monthly global cloud fraction, total column optical depth over the oceans, polar cloud fraction, blowing snow frequency, apparent surface reflectivity, and ground detection frequency.
Data Format(s):
Temporal Coverage:
13 October 2018 to 1 July 2021
Temporal Resolution:
  • 1 month
Spatial Resolution:
  • 1 degree
  • 1 degree
Spatial Coverage:
Blue outlined yellow areas on the map below indicate the spatial coverage for this data set.

Data Access & Tools

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

Help Articles

General Questions & FAQs

This article covers frequently asked questions about the NASA NSIDC DAAC's Earthdata cloud migration project and what it means to data users.
This short article describes the customization services available for ICESat-2 data using Earthdata Search.

How to Articles

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.Users have the option to
This guide will provide an overview of the altimetry measurements and data sets across the missions, as well as a guide for accessing the data through NASA Earthdata Search and programmatically using an Application Programming Interface (API).
The NASA Earthdata Cloud is the NASA cloud-based archive of Earth observations. It is hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Learn how to find and access NSIDC DAAC data directly in the cloud.
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.