Data Set ID: 
NSIDC-0477

MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 2

The MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status Version 2 product is a global record of the daily freeze/thaw (FT) status of the landscape derived from satellite observations of radiometric brightness temperatures. Two FT records are provided: a Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) and Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) record for the years 1979 to 2010; and an Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) record for the years 2002 to 2011.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Changes for this Version 2 release include: an extended FT record enabled by overlapping SMMR and SSM/I brightness temperature time series; a new FT record derived from AMSR-E; refined data Quality Assessment (QA) annual maps; new format options (GeoTIFF with an ESRI projection file); and quick-look GIF browse images.

Parameter(s):
  • Snow/Ice > Freeze/Thaw > FREEZE/THAW
Data Format(s):
  • GIF
  • HDF
  • Binary
  • 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, NIMBUS-7, Nimbus-7
Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 km x 25km
Sensor(s):AMSR-E, SMMR, SSM/I
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1979 to 31 December 2010
  • 19 June 2002 to 27 September 2011
Version(s):V2
Temporal Resolution1 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Youngwook Kim, John Kimball, Joe Glassy, Kyle McDonald

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.

Kim, Y., J. S. Kimball, J. Glassy, and K. C. McDonald. 2013. MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 2. [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-0477.002. [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, K. Zhang, and K. C. McDonald. 2012. Satellite detection of increasing Northern Hemisphere non-frozen seasons from 1979 to 2008: Implications for regional vegetation growth, Remote Sensing of Environment. 121. 472-487.

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