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EUMETSAT OSI SAF Global Sea Ice Concentration Reprocessing Data
Entry ID: NSIDC-0508

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Abstract: The global reprocessed sea ice concentration data set from the EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) spans 1978 through 2009 and was generated with brightness temperature data from the Nimbus-7 Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) and the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) -F8, -F11, -F13, -F14, and -F15 Special Sensor Microwave/Imagers ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Tonboe, R., S. Eastwood, T. Lavergne, and L. T. Pedersen.
Dataset Title: EUMETSAT OSI SAF Global Sea Ice Concentration Reprocessing Data
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0508
Dataset Release Date: 2011-10-25
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1978-10-27
Stop Date: 2009-10-24
Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: 2 day
Quality The data set includes error bars indicating uncertainties for each grid cell, and was also validated against ice charts from the National Ice Centre (NIC). Validation results are documented in a dedicated report that can be accessed from the>OSI SAF Web site.
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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
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 40 GB
Distribution Format: NetCDF
Email: osisaf-manager at
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Andersen, S., R. Tonboe, L. Kaleschke, G. Heygster, and L. T. Pedersen. 2007. Intercomparison of Passive Microwave Sea Ice Concentration Retrievals over the High-Concentration Arctic Sea Ice, J. Geophys. Res., 112, C08004, doi:10.1029/2006JC003543. Andersen, S., Tonboe, R., Kern, S. and H. Schyberg. 2006. Improved Retrieval of Sea Ice Total Concentration from Spaceborne Passive Microwave Observations Using Numerical Weather Prediction Model Fields: An Intercomparison of Nine Algorithms, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 104, Issue 4, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.05.013.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-10-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18