VIIRS sea ice cover swath data now available

Version 1 of the VIIRS/NPP Sea Ice Cover 6-Min L2 Swath 375 m (VNP29) data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC).

The VIIRS sea ice cover algorithm has been specifically designed to be compatible with MODIS Terra and Aqua Version 6 sea ice data sets, to ensure continuity between the products and facilitate a climate-data record from the three sensors.

This data set is currently being generated by our data provider and delivered to NSIDC as the files are produced. As such, data will only be available for limited date ranges until processing has been completed. When finished, the temporal coverage will span 1 January 2012 to present.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS, flies on board the NASA Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite and acquires visible and infrared imagery and radiometric measurements of the land, atmosphere, cryosphere, and oceans.

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