Abstract: This data set is generated from brightness temperature data derived from the following sensors: SMMR, DMSP -F8, -F11 and -F13, SSM/Is, and SSMIS. The data are provided in the polar stereographic projection at a grid cell size of 25 x 25 km. This product is designed to provide a consistent time series of sea ice concentrations, the fraction or percentage of ocean area covered by sea ice, spanning the coverage of several passive microwave instruments.
NSIDC observed and manually inspected selected files in this data set, and performed spot checks against the original hand-drawn NOAA/NESDIS snow charts and the original sea ice data. Please see the Quality Control Summary for more information about quality control procedures at NSIDC.
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Extended Metadata Properties
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Temporal coverage was extended to 29 June 2014.
The projection changed to EASE-Grid 2.0, 720 x 720, at 25.000000 km
Sensor change over dates:
SMMR to SSM/I: 1987-07-03
SSM/I F08 to F11: 1991-12-09
SSM/I F11 to F13: 1995-05-08
SSM/I F13 to SSMIS F17: 2008-01-01
EASE-Grid Land Mask Source: Same as Version 3.1, regridded to EASE-Grid 2.0 (Brodzik et al. 2012).