Data Set ID: 
AE_SI12

AMSR-E/Aqua Daily L3 12.5 km Brightness Temperature, Sea Ice Concentration, & Snow Depth Polar Grids, Version 2

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua satellite, provides global passive microwave measurements of land, ocean, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of water and energy cycles.

This Level-3 gridded product (AE_SI12) includes brightness temperatures at 18.7 through 89.0 GHz, sea ice concentration, and snow depth over sea ice. Data are mapped to a polar stereographic grid at 12.5 km spatial resolution. Sea ice concentration and brightness temperatures include daily ascending averages, daily descending averages, and daily averages; snow depth over sea ice data is a five-day running average. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format and are available from 19 June 2002 to 3 October 2011 via FTP.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Parameter(s):
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature > BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE
  • Microwave > Microwave Imagery > MICROWAVE IMAGERY
  • Sea Ice > Sea Ice Concentration > SEA ICE CONCENTRATION
  • Sea Ice > Snow Depth > SNOW DEPTH
Data Format(s):
  • HDF-EOS2
Spatial Coverage:
N: 90, 
N: -39.23, 
S: 30.98, 
S: -90, 
E: 180, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
W: -180
Platform(s):AQUA
Spatial Resolution:
  • 12.5 km x 12.5 km
Sensor(s):AMSR-E
Temporal Coverage:
  • 19 June 2002 to 3 October 2011
Version(s):V2
Temporal Resolution1 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Donald Cavalieri, Josefino 'Joey' Comiso, Thorsten Markus

Geographic Coverage

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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.

Cavalieri, D. J., T. Markus, and J. C. Comiso. 2003. AMSR-E/Aqua Daily L3 12.5 km Brightness Temperature, Sea Ice Concentration, & Snow Depth Polar Grids, 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/AMSR-E/AE_SI12.002. [Date Accessed].
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