This sea ice concentration data set was derived using measurements from the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) on the Nimbus-7 satellite and from the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) sensors on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program's (DMSP) -F8, -F11, and -F13 satellites. Measurements from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) aboard DMSP-F17 are also included. The data set has been generated using the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) Bootstrap Algorithm with daily varying tie-points. Daily (every other day prior to July 1987) and monthly data are available for both the north and south polar regions. Data are gridded on the SSM/I polar stereographic grid (25 x 25 km) and provided in two-byte integer format. Data are available via FTP.
Bootstrap Sea Ice Concentrations from Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS, Version 2
Changes to this version include:
- Adjusted tie-points to be consistent with the AMSR-E Bootstrap algorithm
- Reprocessed entire SMMR-SSM/I time series
Important: Because Version 2 is inter-calibrated with AMSR-E, it is not compatible with Version 1 of this data set. Users should acquire the entire Version 2 data set in order to update their time series. This product is also not consistent with the NSIDC-produced Bootstrap Product, the DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Daily Polar Gridded Brightness Temperatures.
For further information on Version 2 data processing, see Enhanced Sea Ice Concentrations from Passive Microwave Data.
Data Set Tabs
- 1978-10-26 to 2014-12-31
N: 90, S: 30, E: 180, W: -180
N: -39, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180
- 25 km x 25 km
- 25 km x 25 km
- Sea Ice > Sea Ice Concentration
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