Data Announcements

10 June 2019

NOAA@NSIDC and the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder Libraries are pleased to announce that the Glacier Photograph Collection (GPC) has recently been updated with over 8,000 new historical images, collected from 1883 through 2012. The GPC holds digital images of glaciers from around the world, most of which were digitized by scanning prints or glass negatives, but many that also originated in digital form. Some of the images date back to the mid-19th century and provide an historical reference for glacier extent. This update increases the size of the online, digital collection by 35%, bringing the total to approximately 25,000 glacier images.

The new GPC images were created by scanning selections from a large analog collection of photographic prints that had not been scanned in earlier work. The analog collection, previously held by NSIDC, now resides in CU Boulder Libraries’ archive. Research was conducted to find and assign... more

19 February 2019

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the Arctic Submarine Lab (ASL) has corrected and reprocessed the sea ice draft data for the 2011 USS Connecticut and USS New Hampshire SCICEX campaigns and the 2014 USS New Mexico SCICEX campaigns. When the data were first released in 2015, the upward looking sonar data received from the submarine were the peak returns instead of the first returns of the signal. This can cause the sea ice draft data to be biased towards thinner ice. ASL has been able to retrieve the first return signals and feels confident that these data are now an accurate portrayal of the sea ice draft data. Note that the 2014 USS Hampton campaigns are still under review and will be released as time allows. The data can be accessed from the SCICEX Data Inventory and Access web page under the Sea Ice Draft Data tab. Documentation on the processing of these data can be found in the document... more

11 October 2018

NOAA@NSIDC has updated their September and March Sea Ice Index sea ice animations in Google Earth with 2018 near-real-time data and replaced the 2016 and 2017 near-real-time images with final data. To access the Google Earth files, see the NSIDC Data on Google Earth page.

4 October 2018

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the NOAA/NSIDC Climate Data Record of Passive Microwave Sea Ice Concentration data product has been processed through 31 December 2017. The input data to the Goddard Bootstrap (BT) variables have been versioned up from v3.0 to v3.1 for 2017 data onward. This change does not affect the sea ice concentration CDR data variables. The specific changes are as follows:

Beginning with January 2017 data, the Sea Ice Concentration CDR uses version 3.1 of the Bootstrap Sea Ice Concentrations from Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS data set (NSIDC-0079) as input to the following NetCDF variables: goddard_bt_seaice_conc, goddard_bt_seaice_conc_monthly, goddard_merged_seaice_conc, and goddard_merged_seaice_conc_monthly. All data prior to January 2017 use version 3.0 of the NSIDC-0079 data set.

Version 3.1 of the NSIDC-0079 ice concentrations computes sea ice concentration with an open water... more

28 August 2018

The Submarine Arctic Science Program (SCICEX) is pleased to announce the re-release of sea ice draft data from the 2011 USS Connecticut and USS New Hampshire SCICEX campaign. These data were previously released in 2014 but were found to contain errors. The data have been reprocessed and are now available to users. In addition, the 2014 sea ice draft data from the USS New Mexico cruise have also been released. The 2014 sea ice draft data from the USS Hampton cruise are still pending and will be released when processing is complete. These data were acquired with upward looking sonar on US Navy submarines traveling under the Arctic Ocean in March and April of 2011 and 2014, respectively.

The SCICEX program is also pleased to announce the release of bathymetry data for the 2016 campaign from the USS Hampton cruise. The data from the USS Hartford 2016 cruise are pending and will be released when processing is complete. These data were acquired with downward looking sonar on US... more

17 July 2018

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the Sea Ice Index has been updated from near-real-time data to final data for the time period 01 January 2016 through 31 December 2017. Initially, when the Sea Ice Index is first processed, it uses a near-real-time (NRT) sea ice concentration product as it input. This NRT product can contain missing data and has less quality control procedures applied to it than the final sea ice concentration input product provided by NASA Goddard. However, the final input product often lags behind the present by approximately a year. Using the NRT product allows the Sea Ice Index to provide sea ice extent and concentration data for the previous day. When the final NASA Goddard sea ice concentration product becomes available, NOAA@NSIDC reprocesses the data for that time period so that the more tightly quality controlled and gap filled input data are used for the Sea Ice Index computations. To access the newest data, please visit the... more

12 June 2018

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the release of the Daily Gridded North American Snow, Temperature, and Precipitation, 1959-2009 data set. These data provide daily snow, temperature, and precipitation data for North America from 1959 to 2009. They are gridded to a 1-degree latitude by 1-degree longitude resolution to create a 114 x 58 grid for each day of data. The data were obtained from U.S. National Weather Service Cooperative  Observer Program (COOP) ground  station network and daily surface observations from the Meteorological Service of  Canada. The data are provided in NetCDF format.

Thomas Estilow, Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, worked with us to document this product. The data were used in a NOAA supported research project titled “Toward Improved Understanding of Extreme Snow Melt Runoff Events Under Past, Present, and Future Climate.“   We know... more

3 April 2018

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce that the International Ice Patrol (IIP) has updated their Iceberg Sightings Database through the 2017 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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22 March 2018

NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the release of On-Ice Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Measurements by Auger, Core, and Electromagnetic Induction, From the Fram Expedition Onward. In addition to sea ice thickness, the data set provides sea ice freeboard and snow depth on sea ice from in situ measurements taken primarily using auger, coring devices, and electromagnetic (EM) sounding. When available, ice type is also included. The archive was compiled from 44 different expeditions starting with measurements from the Fram Expedition in 1894 and 1895, then to the Maud Expedition from 1922 through 1924, and continuing forward in time to observations from 2011.

The figures below give an idea of the distribution of the measurements through time and space. For about half of the more than 55,000 points at which measurements were made, the ice type is unspecified. Of the remainder, about 10% are first year ice and about 40% are multiyear... more

7 February 2018

NOAA@NSIDC has updated their September and March Sea Ice Index sea ice animations in Google Earth. The updates include adding September 2017 to the animation and updating all images to Sea Ice Index Version 3, the latest version of this data set.

To access the Google Earth files, see the NSIDC Data on Google Earth page.