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MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent 5-Min L2 Swath 1km, Version 5 (MOD29)
Data set:
MOD29
Citation
There is a more recent version of these data.

Overview

MODIS/Terra Sea Ice Extent 5-Min L2 Swath 1km (MOD29) data set contains fields for sea ice by reflectance, sea ice by reflectance pixel Quality Assessment (QA), Ice Surface Temperature (IST), IST pixel QA, latitudes, and longitudes in Hierarchical Data Format-Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format, along with corresponding metadata. Latitude and longitude geolocation fields are at 5 km resolution, while all other fields are at 1 km resolution. The sea ice algorithm uses a Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) modified for sea ice to distinguish sea ice from open ocean based on reflective and thermal characteristics.
Data Contributor(s):
  • Dorothy
    Hall
  • Vince
    Salomonson
  • George
    Riggs
Parameter(s):
ICE EXTENT ICE TEMPERATURE
Platform(s):
TERRA
Sensor(s):
MODIS
Data Format(s):
GeoTIFF, HDF-EOS2
Temporal Coverage:
24 February 2000 to 3 January 2017
Temporal Resolution:
5 minute
Spatial Resolution:
1 km
1 km
Spatial Coverage:
N:
90
S:
-90
E:
180
W:
-180

Data Access & Tools

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

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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.
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Getting started

The lag time between observations and availability of MODIS products is only a few days. Lag time may be extended due to satellite maneuvers and extra quality assurance required for the geolocation data after the maneuver.
The following table describes the data subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services that are currently available for MODIS data via the NASA Earthdata Search tool.