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Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database
Entry ID: G01377

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Abstract: The Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database contains freeze and thaw/breakup dates as well as other descriptive ice cover data for 865 lakes and rivers in the Northern Hemisphere. Of the 542 water bodies that have records longer than 19 years, 370 of them are in North America and 172 are in Eurasia. 249 lakes and rivers have records longer than 50 years, and 66 have records longer than 100 ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 82.5   S: 36.5   E: 149.3   W: -140.4

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Benson, B. and J. Magnuson.
Dataset Title: Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database
Dataset Series Name: G01377
Dataset Release Date: 2000-12-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 0874-01-01
Stop Date: 2009-12-31
Quality Please see the complete product documentation on the NSIDC Web site for a discussion of quality and data corrections.
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
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 Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Phone: (608) 262-2573
Phone: (608) 262-3088
Fax: (608) 265-2340
Email: bbenson at
Email: bbenson at
Contact Address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Limnology
680 N. Park Street
City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706
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Magnuson, J., D. Robertson, B. Benson, R. Wynne, D. Livingstone, T. Arai, R. Assel, R. Barry, V. Card, E. Kuusisto, N. Granin, T. Prowse, K. Steward, V. Vuglinski. 2000. Historical Trends in Lake and River Ice Cover in the Northern Hemisphere Science 289 (8 September):1743-1746. Also see the papers published in the Proceedings of the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL) XXVII Congress, 9-14 August, Dublin, Ireland, 1998.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-12-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18