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Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent - Northern Hemisphere (MASIE-NH), Version 1

The Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent - Northern Hemisphere (MASIE-NH) products provide measurements of daily sea ice extent and sea ice edge boundary for the Northern Hemisphere and 16 Arctic regions in a polar stereographic projection at both 1 km and 4 km grid cell sizes. MASIE products include an ASCII text file of sea ice extent values in square km for each Arctic region, time series plots, and image files that visually show where the sea ice is. The MASIE-NH imagery are provided at a gridded nominal 1 km and 4 km resolutions. The input data comes from the 1 km and 4 km Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS) snow and ice product produced by the National Ice Center (NIC). NIC utilizes visible imagery, passive microwave data, and NIC weekly analysis products to create their data product. The MASIE-NH products are distributed in a number of formats including ASCII text, GeoTIFF, PNG, shapefiles, and Google Earth files. The 4 km gridded data are available from 01 October 2006 to the present, and the 1 km gridded data are available from 02 December 2014 to the present. The most recent days worth of imagery plus the ASCII text data file are provided via the MASIE Web site. A complete archive of the imagery can be obtained via FTP.

Note: MASIE may look like several other sea ice products distributed at NSIDC and elsewhere, but its source data and intended uses are different. If intended and appropriate uses of the data are not clear after reading the documentation, please contact NSIDC User Services.

Version Summary:

Initial release of the 4 km MASIE NH product.

Geographic Coverage

  • Sea Ice > Ice Edges
  • Sea Ice > Ice Extent
  • Sea Ice > Ice Growth/Melt
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: 0, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 4 km x 4 km
  • 1 km x 1 km
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 2006
(updated daily)
Temporal Resolution: 1 day
Data Format(s):
  • PNG
  • ESRI Shapefile
  • NetCDF
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Keyhole Markup Language (.kml)
  • GeoTIFF
  • ASCII Text
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Florence Fetterer, Pablo Clemente-Colón, Matthew Savoie, Sean Helfrich
Data Citation

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.

National Ice Center and National Snow and Ice Data Center. Compiled by F. Fetterer, M. Savoie, S. Helfrich, and P. Clemente-Colón. 2010, updated daily. Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent - Northern Hemisphere (MASIE-NH), Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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