Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0046

Northern Hemisphere EASE-Grid 2.0 Weekly Snow Cover and Sea Ice Extent, Version 4

The main parameters for this data set are snow cover and sea ice extent; both parameters are derived from SMMR and DMSP-F8, -F11, -F13, and -F17 SSM/I and SSMIS brightness temperature data. These data are provided on the Northern Hemisphere EASE-Grid 2.0 projection and at a grid cell size of 25 x 25 km. This product is designed to provide a consistent time series of snow cover and sea ice spanning the coverage of several passive microwave instruments.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:
  • Temporal coverage was extended to 31 December 2018.
  • The projection changed to EASE-Grid 2.0, 720 x 720, at 25.000000 km
  • Sensor change over dates:
    • SMMR to SSM/I: 1987-07-03
    • SSM/I F08 to F11: 1991-12-09
    • SSM/I F11 to F13: 1995-05-08
    • SSM/I F13 to SSMIS F17: 2008-01-01
  • EASE-Grid Land Mask Source: Same as Version 3.1, regridded to EASE-Grid 2.0 (Brodzik et al. 2012).
  • Sea Ice data set used: 1978-10-23 to present: Sea Ice Concentrations from Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Passive Microwave Data.

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Parameter(s):
  • SEA ICE > ICE EXTENT
  • SNOW/ICE > SNOW COVER
Data Format(s):
  • Binary
Spatial Coverage:
N: 90, 
S: 0, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):DMSP, DMSP 5D-2/F11, DMSP 5D-2/F13, DMSP 5D-2/F8, DMSP 5D-3/F17, GOES, GOES-7, Nimbus-7
Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 km x 25 km
Sensor(s):SMMR, SSM/I, SSMIS, VAS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 23 October 1978 to 31 December 2019
  • 3 October 1966 to 23 October 1978
Version(s):V4
Temporal Resolution7 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Richard Armstrong, Mary Brodzik

Geographic Coverage

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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.

Brodzik, M. J. and R. Armstrong. 2013. Northern Hemisphere EASE-Grid 2.0 Weekly Snow Cover and Sea Ice Extent, Version 4. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/P7O0HGJLYUQU. [Date Accessed].

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How To

How do I import EASE-Grid 2.0 snow cover and sea ice data into ArcGIS?
This document describes how to import  EASE-Grid 2.0 data files into ArcGIS, using Northern Hemisphere EASE-Grid 2.0 Weekly Snow Cover and Sea Ice Extent, Version 4 data as an example. These steps were tested with ArcGIS 10 on a Windows platform.  1. Rename data file Data files from... read more
V0 Programmatic Data Access Guide
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. We provide basic command line Wget and curl instructions for HTTPS file system downloads below. For questions about programmatic access to NSIDC... read more