Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Characteristics Derived from Passive Microwave Data
Entry ID: NSIDC-0218

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Summary
Abstract: The Greenland ice sheet melt extent data, acquired as part of the NASA Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA), is a daily (or every other day, prior to August 1987) estimate of the spatial extent of wet snow on the Greenland ice sheet since 1979. It is derived from passive microwave satellite brightness temperature characteristics using the Cross-Polarized Gradient Ratio (XPGR) of ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 84.0   S: 60.0   E: -10.0   W: -73.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Waleed Abdalati
Dataset Title: Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Characteristics Derived from Passive Microwave Data
Dataset Release Date: 2008-02-25
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/NSIDC-0218
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1979-04-02
Stop Date: 2007-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km
Temporal Resolution: 348 month

Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km

Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km
Temporal Resolution: 12 month

Data Set Progress
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Data Center
NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Data Center Personnel
Name: NSIDC USER SERVICES
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 13 KB
Distribution Format: Binary
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Personnel
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: waleed.abdalati at colorado.edu
Contact Address:
University of Colorado-Boulder/ CIRES
Director of ESOC/Associate Professor of Geography
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309
Country: USA
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Publications/References
Abdalati, Waleed and Konrad Steffen. 2001. Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Extent: 1979-1999. Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres) 106(D24): 33983-8. Abdalati, Waleed and Konrad Steffen. 1997. Snowmelt on the Greenland Ice Sheet as Derived from Passive Microwave Satellite Data. Journal of Climate 10: 165-75. Abdalati, Waleed and Konrad Steffen. 1995. Passive Microwave-derived Snow Melt ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-02-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-05-23
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