Data Set ID: 
NSIDC-0116

Polar Pathfinder Daily 25 km EASE-Grid Sea Ice Motion Vectors, Version 3

This data set provides daily sea ice motion vectors derived from a wide variety of sensors in both gridded and non-gridded (raw) files. For the gridded data, weekly and monthly mean fields are also provided for the entire time series—from November 1978 through May 2015. Browse images of these mean fields are also available.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 
  • Eliminated unrealistic AVHRR and IABP buoy velocities
  • Improved browse images
  • Reprocessed SSMI fields using GDAL map transformations on the DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Daily Polar Gridded Brightness Temperatures Data Set, NSIDC-0001
  • Used the Sea Ice Concentrations from Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Passive Microwave Data Set, NSIDC-0051, to mask ice extent
Parameter(s):
  • SNOW/ICE > ICE VELOCITY
  • SEA ICE > SEA ICE MOTION
  • OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
  • Photoshop
  • Binary
  • PNG
Spatial Coverage:
N: -53.2028, 
N: 90, 
S: -90, 
S: 48.4, 
E: 180, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
W: -180
Platform(s):AQUA, BUOYS, DMSP 5D-2/F11, DMSP 5D-2/F13, DMSP 5D-2/F8, DMSP 5D-3/F17, NOAA-11, NOAA-12, NOAA-14, NOAA-9, Nimbus-7
Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 km x 25 km
Sensor(s):AMSR-E, AVHRR, DRIFTING BUOYS, SMMR, SSM/I, SSMIS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 25 October 1978 to 28 February 2017
Version(s):V3
Temporal Resolution1 day, 1 month, 7 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Mark Tschudi, Charles Fowler, Walter Meier

Geographic Coverage

No access options.

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.

Tschudi, M., C. Fowler, J. Maslanik, J. S. Stewart, and W. N. Meier. 2016. Polar Pathfinder Daily 25 km EASE-Grid Sea Ice Motion Vectors, Version 3. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/O57VAIT2AYYY. [Date Accessed].

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How To

How to import Polar Pathfinder Daily 25 km EASE-Grid Sea Ice Motion Vectors into ArcGIS
This article describes the actions to perform in order work with NSIDC-0116 in ArcGIS. At the time of writing, this tutorial is relevant for ArcMap10.5 and earlier. The following steps will show you how to prepare the binary files for import, format conversion, geolocation/projection, and display... read more
How to convert the horizontal and vertical components to east and north
This article describes how to convert the u (horizontal) and v (vertical) components from the ice motion data set to East and North components on the Earth's surface. Instructions for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are described below: Northern Hemisphere The latitudes and longitudes... 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