Data Announcements

31 March 2020

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the release of the Daily Great Lakes Ice Concentration, 1973 Onward data set. This data set consists of gridded lake ice concentration for the Laurentian Great Lakes from the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). The data are provided as ASCII text files along with corresponding browse image files in JPEG format beginning in 1973 and going through the present.

GLERL produces this product to help researchers and others understand how, when, and where lake ice forms and breaks up. For many years, GLERL has obtained operational ice charts from the Canadian Ice Service and the U.S. National Ice Center. These two ice services make the maps that shipping interests use when navigating the Great Lakes in winter. This data set is the product of a project conducted by NOAA GLERL and the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at the University of Michigan. The series of digital operational chart data used... more

5 March 2020

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the “International Ice Patrol Annual Count of Icebergs South of 48 Degrees North, 1900 to Present” data set. The data are being released in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) International Ice Patrol (IIP).

Every year during the ice season, the IIP surveys icebergs in the vicinity of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland within the western Atlantic Ocean and issues daily iceberg charts. The number that drift south of 48° N is significant because these pose a larger threat to transatlantic shipping. The annual count is an indicator of the severity of the iceberg season and its impact on mariners in the region.

This long, simple data record provides a wealth of information for identifying and explaining trends in iceberg season severity. Over the years, the technology used by the IIP has gotten better at detecting icebergs; and because of this, the count has trended upward. The User Guide points readers to a method of normalizing... more

31 January 2020

NOAA@NSIDC would like to make users aware of a data update and an error notice for the NOAA/NSIDC Gridded Monthly Sea Ice Extent and Concentration, 1850 Onward data set.

Error notice:

A user has made us aware that the ice cover derived from the Danish Meteorological Institute Yearbooks may have been incorporated incorrectly into the Kelly grid source as it was used in G10010. The Kelly grids may have used the ice map from the subsequent month, rather than the intended month. The Kelly grids were used over April through August or September of 1901-1956. We are investigating the problem, and plan to correct the misalignment. We will inform registered users of the outcome. This apparent misapplication of the Kelly grid source is present in both V1 and V2.

Update notice:

Gridded Monthly Sea Ice Extent and Concentration, 1850 Onward, has been updated from Version 1 to Version 2.... more

22 January 2020

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the International Ice Patrol (IIP) has updated their Iceberg Sightings Database through the 2019 iceberg season. The IIP has been collecting information on iceberg activity in the North Atlantic since 1913, and this database contains data from these sightings starting in 1960. The IIP data files include latitude and longitude of sighted icebergs, coded iceberg size and shape class, and date and time of the sighting. For more information on this data set and to access the data, please visit the International Ice Patrol Iceberg Sightings Database web page.

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10 January 2020

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the release of the Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice and Snow (CHARIS) Melt Model Output, 2001 – 2014 data set. The CHARIS project aimed to distinguish the specific contribution of seasonal snow and glacier ice melt in five major river basins of High Mountain Asia: Ganges, Brahmaputra, Indus, Amu Darya, and Syr Darya. CHARIS investigators developed a systematic way of using remote sensing, reanalysis, and in situ data to calibrate and run temperature index melt models. Applying this approach, they were able to draw conclusions for the entire study region. This data set contains input and output data for the temperature index melt model that was run for the CHARIS project at NSIDC.

To learn more and to access the data, see the data set landing page.

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8 November 2019

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the release of version 2 of On-Ice Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Measurements by Auger, Core, and Electromagnetic Induction, from the Late 1800s Onward. In addition to sea ice thickness, the data set provides sea ice freeboard and snow depth on sea ice from on-ice measurements taken primarily using auger, coring devices, and electromagnetic (EM) sounding. When available, ice type is also included. Version 2 of the archive was compiled from 50 different expeditions starting with measurements from the Jeannette Expedition from 1879 to 1881, then to the Fram Expedition in 1894 and 1895, the Maud Expedition from 1922 through 1924, and continues to the most recent record to date from 2016.

The data set consists of 69,482 ice-thickness measurements from across the Arctic. The figure below shows a map with the location and density of the measurements.

These data were compiled by Benjamin Holt,... more

4 November 2019

NOAA@NSIDC has long partnered with the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) in Switzerland to improve the quality and completeness of glacier data. NSIDC’s User Services office gets questions from the public about glaciers that our data hold the answers to – seemingly simple questions like “What are the largest glaciers on the planet?”  Ann Windnagel set out to find answers during a stay with WGMS and found that it’s not such a simple matter. Read about her exploration of glacier data in an NSIDC Highlight.

28 October 2019

NOAA@NSIDC has updated their September and March Sea Ice Index sea ice animations in Google Earth with 2019 near-real-time data and replaced the 2018 near-real-time images with final data. To access the Google Earth files, see the NSIDC Data on Google Earth page.

12 September 2019

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the NOAA Polar Orbiting Satellite (POES) Global Visible and Infrared Band Data from ESSA (1966 – 1972) and NOAA (1972 – 1978) Satellites, Version 1 data set, is now available at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). This data set consists of daily visible-band (VIS) imagery and infrared-band (IR) imagery from the Environmental Sciences Service Administration (ESSA) satellites, the Improved TIROS Operational System 1 (ITOS 1) satellite, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites covering December 1966 through March 1978 (IR data begin in December 1972). The data set was created by scanning the analog imagery from these satellites held in the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) physical archives in Asheville, NC. Images on 35 mm film, glossy prints, or paper halftone prints were scanned, processed, and reformatted. The data... more

8 August 2019

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the NOAA/NSIDC Climate Data Record of Passive Microwave Sea Ice Concentration, Version 3 data set is now available through 2018. This data set provides a Climate Data Record (CDR) of sea ice concentration from passive microwave data. It provides a consistent, daily and monthly time series of sea ice concentrations from 09 July 1987 through 31 December 2018 for both the north and south polar regions on a 25 km x 25 km grid. Note that the 2018 data for near-real-time version of this data set called Near-Real-Time NOAA/NSIDC Climate Data Record of Passive Microwave Sea Ice Concentration, Version 1 has been removed since the final processed version supersedes the NRT version. If you have the 2018 NRT data, we suggest that you download and replace it with the 2018 final processed version of this data set.

NOAA/NSIDC Climate Data Record of Passive... more