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MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status
Entry ID: NSIDC-0477

Abstract: The MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status, Version 3 data set is a global record of the daily freeze/thaw (F/T) status of the landscape derived from satellite observations of radiometric brightness temperatures. Two F/T records are provided: one derived from Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR), Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I), and Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) data for the years 1979 to 2012; and a second derived from Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) data for the years 2002 to 2011. Note: These data are considered provisional pending a review by the MEaSUREs program. Once the data have been reviewed, this statement will be removed from this documentation.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 86.72   S: -86.72   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Kim, Y., J. S. Kimball, J. Glassy, and K. C. McDonald.
Dataset Title: MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0477
Dataset Release Date: 2014-08-06
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NASA NSIDC DAAC: NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center
Version: 3
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-06-19
Stop Date: 2011-09-27

Start Date: 1979-01-01
Stop Date: 2012-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25km
Temporal Resolution: 1 day
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NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
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National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 25 KB
Distribution Format: GIF
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The University of Montana
Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG)
City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59812
Country: USA
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Armstrong, R. L., and M. J. Brodzik. 1995. An Earth-Gridded SSM/I Data Set for Cryospheric Studies and Global Change Monitoring. Advances in Space Research 16: 155-63. Armstrong, R., K. Knowles, M. Brodzik, and M.A. Hardman, 1998, updated 2012. DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Pathfinder Daily EASE-Grid Brightness Temperatures. Version 2 [1987-2012]. Boulder, Colorado USA: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2014-08-06
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18

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