A long-term and reproducible passive microwave sea ice concentration data record for climate studies and monitoring 1Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University (CICS-NC), and Remote Sensing Application Division (RSAD)/NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), 151 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
2NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
3National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, UCB 449, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
Received: 27 March 2013 – Published in Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss.: 07 May 2013 Abstract. A long-term, consistent, and reproducible satellite-based passive microwave
sea ice concentration climate data record (CDR) is available for climate
studies, monitoring, and model validation with an initial operation
capability (IOC). The daily and monthly sea ice concentration data are on
the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) polar stereographic grid with
nominal 25 km × 25 km grid cells in both the Southern and Northern
Hemisphere polar regions from 9 July 1987 to 31 December 2007. The data
files are available in the NetCDF data format at http://nsidc.org/data/g02202.html
and archived by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
under the satellite climate data record program (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdr/operationalcdrs.html).
Revised: 19 September 2013 – Accepted: 25 September 2013 – Published: 15 October 2013
The description and basic characteristics of the NOAA/NSIDC passive microwave sea ice concentration CDR are presented here. The CDR provides
similar spatial and temporal variability as the heritage products to the
user communities with the additional documentation, traceability, and
reproducibility that meet current standards and guidelines for climate data
records. The data set, along with detailed data processing steps and error
source information, can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N55M63M1.
Citation: Peng, G., Meier, W. N., Scott, D. J., and Savoie, M. H.: A long-term and reproducible passive microwave sea ice concentration data record for climate studies and monitoring, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 5, 311-318, doi:10.5194/essd-5-311-2013, 2013.