Data Sets

The table below lists the Nimbus Data Rescue Project data sets that are available from NSIDC. Clicking the data set title opens a brief description that includes links to obtain the data and view the complete documentation.
Title Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage Parameter(s)

Nimbus Advanced Vidicon Camera System Visible Imagery L1, HDF5, Version 1

Dataset Summary

The Nimbus Advanced Vidicon Camera System Visible Imagery L1, HDF5 (NmAVCS1H) data set consists of black-and-white images captured by the Advanced Vidicon Camera Systems onboard the Nimbus 1 (1964) and Nimbus 2 (1966) satellites. Data are provided as HDF5-formatted files. Browse images are also available.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1966/05/15 to 1966/08/30

1964/08/28 to 1964/09/22

Visible Imagery

Nimbus High Resolution Infrared Radiometer Digital Swath Data L1, HDF5, Version 1

Dataset Summary

The Nimbus High Resolution Infrared Radiometer Digital Swath Data L1, HDF data set (NmHRIR1H) consists of High Resolution Infrared Radiometer (HRIR) brightness temperatures obtained by the Nimbus 1, Nimbus 2, and Nimbus 3 satellites during 1964, 1966, and 1969. A correction has been applied to minimize seemingly random alignment errors that caused clouds edges and land features to appear jagged in the original 1960s data.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1964/08/29 to 1964/09/22

1966/05/16 to 1966/11/15

1969/04/23 to 1969/11/30

Brightness Temperature

Nimbus Image Dissector Camera System Visible Imagery L1, HDF5, Version 1

Dataset Summary

The Nimbus Image Dissector Camera System Visible Imagery L1, HDF5 (NmIDCS1H) data set consists of black-and-white images captured by the Image Dissector Camera Systems (IDCSs) onboard the Nimbus 3 and Nimbus 4 satellites. Data are provided as HDF5-formatted files. Browse images are also available.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1969/04/23 to 1970/01/21

1970/04/30 to 1971/04/08

Visible Imagery

Nimbus Advanced Vidicon Camera System Remapped Visible Imagery Daily L3, HDF5, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmAVCS3H) consists of daily, global image composites constructed from Nimbus 1 (1964) and Nimbus 2 (1966) Advanced Vidicon Camera System (AVCS) imagery. Each composite is provided as a set of three HDF5-formatted files: separate North and South Polar projections in the 5 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid (EASE-Grid) and an equatorial projection in a 10 km equidistant grid for the region between 60 N and 60 S.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1966/08/22 to 1966/09/02

1966/05/15 to 1966/08/20

1964/08/31 to 1964/09/22

Visible Imagery

Nimbus Advanced Vidicon Camera System Remapped Visible Imagery Daily L3, GeoTIFF, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmAVCS3G) consists of daily image composites constructed from Nimbus 1 (1964) and Nimbus 2 (1966) Advanced Vidicon Camera System (AVCS) imagery for the region between 60 N and 60 S. Data are provided as GeoTIFFs.

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N: 60, S: -60, E: 180, W: -180

1966/08/22 to 1966/09/02

1966/05/15 to 1966/08/20

1964/08/31 to 1964/09/22

Visible Imagery

Nimbus Image Dissector Camera System Remapped Visible Imagery Daily L3, HDF5, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmIDCS3H) consists of daily, global image composites constructed from Nimbus 3 and Nimbus 4 Image Dissector Camera System (IDCS) imagery captured from 23 April, 1969 - 04 April, 1971. Each composite is provided as a set of three HDF5-formatted files: separate North and South Polar projections in the 5 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid (EASE-Grid) and an equatorial projection in a 10 km equidistant grid for the region between 60 N and 60 S. Browse images are also available.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1969/04/23 to 1971/04/04

Visible Imagery

Nimbus Image Dissector Camera System Remapped Visible Imagery Daily L3, GeoTIFF, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmIDCS3G) consists of daily, global image composites constructed from Nimbus 3 and Nimbus 4 Image Dissector Camera System (IDCS) imagery for the region between 60 N and 60 S. Images were acquired between 23 April, 1969 - 04 January, 1971. Data are available as GeoTIFFs and browse images.

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N: 60, S: -60, E: 180, W: -180

1969/04/23 to 1971/04/04

Visible Imagery

Nimbus High Resolution Infrared Radiometer Remapped Digital Data Daily L3, HDF5, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmHRIR3H) consists of daily, global composites of High Resolution Infrared Radiometer (HRIR) data obtained by the Nimbus 1, Nimbus 2, and Nimbus 3 satellites during 1964, 1966, and 1969. Each composite is provided as a set of three HDF5-formatted files: separate North and South Polar projections in the 10 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid (EASE-Grid) and an equatorial projection in a 20 km equidistant grid for the region between 60 N and 60 S. Browse images are also available.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1964/08/29 to 1964/09/21

1966/05/16 to 1966/11/14

1969/04/17 to 1969/11/30

Brightness Temperature

Nimbus High Resolution Infrared Radiometer Remapped Digital Data Daily L3, GeoTIFF, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmHRIR3G) consists of daily composites constructed from Nimbus 1, Nimbus 2, and Nimbus 3 satellites High Resolution Infrared Radiometer (HRIR) data for the region between 60 N and 60 S. Measurements were obtained during 1964, 1966, and 1969. Data are available as GeoTIFFs and browse images.

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N: 60, S: -60, E: 180, W: -180

1964/08/29 to 1964/09/21

1966/05/16 to 1966/11/14

1969/04/17 to 1969/11/30

Brightness Temperature

Nimbus Ice Edge Points from Nimbus Visible Imagery L2, CSV, Version 1

Dataset Summary

This data set (NmIcEdg2) estimates the location of the North and South Pole sea ice edges at various times during the mid to late 1960s, based on recovered Nimbus 1 (1964), Nimbus 2 (1966), and Nimbus 3 (1969) visible imagery. Data are provided as CSV files. Browse images are also available.

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N: 90, S: 50, E: 180, W: -180

N: -50, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

1964/08/28 to 1964/09/22

1966/05/15 to 1966/09/02

1969/04/24 to 1970/01/16

Ice Edges