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Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0477

MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 4

This data set, part of the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program, consists of two global records of the daily freeze/thaw (F/T) status of the landscape. The primary record is derived from radiometric brightness temperatures acquired between 1979 and 2017 by three satellite-based passive microwave sensors: the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR), the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I), and the Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS).

A second, synergistic record is available for the years 2002 to 2017, derived from observations acquired by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) and the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2).

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:
  • Extended F/T record to 2017;
  • F/T domain expanded to all land areas affected by seasonal freezing, including urban, snow-ice dominant, open water body dominant, and barren land;
  • Added a modified seasonal threshold algorithm (MSTA) and pixel-wise, annual MSTA calibration using daily surface air temperature records;
  • Added bit flags to identify cells (and days) with missing/interpolated Tb, large open water bodies, complex terrain, and large precipitation events;

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Parameter(s):
  • SNOW/ICE > FREEZE/THAW
Data Format(s):
  • GIF
  • HDF
  • GeoTIFF
Spatial Coverage:
N: 86.7167, 
S: -86.7167, 
E: 179.9999, 
W: -179.9999
Platform(s):Aqua, DMSP 5D-2/F11, DMSP 5D-2/F13, DMSP 5D-2/F8, DMSP 5D-3/F17, FY-3B, GCOM-W1, Nimbus-7
Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 km x 25 km
Sensor(s):AMSR-E, AMSR2, MWRI, SMMR, SSM/I, SSMIS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1979 to 31 December 2016
  • 19 June 2002 to 27 September 2016
  • 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
Version(s):V4
Temporal Resolution1 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Youngwook Kim, John Kimball, Joe Glassy, Kyle McDonald

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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.

Kim, Y., J. S. Kimball, J. Glassy, and K. C. McDonald. 2017. MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, 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/MEASURES/CRYOSPHERE/nsidc-0477.004. [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using these data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Kim, Y., J. S. Kimball, J. Glassy, and J. Du. 2017. An Extended Global Earth System Data Record on Daily Landscape Freeeze-Thaw Determined from Satellite Passive Microwave Remote Sensing, Earth System Science Data. 9. 133–147. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-9-133-2017

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