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Freeze-Thaw Earth System Data Record

Abstract: NASA's Freeze/Thaw Earth System Data Record (FT-ESDR) Web Interface is a NASA MEaSUREs (Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments) funded effort to provide a consistent long-term global data record of land surface freeze/thaw (FT) state dynamics for all vegetated regions where low temperatures are a major constraint to ecosystem processes. The FT measurement is derived from ... 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: University of Montana
Dataset Title: Freeze-Thaw Earth System Data Record
Dataset Publisher: University of Montana
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1988-01-01
Stop Date: 2002-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km
Horizontal Resolution Range: 10 km - < 50 km or approximately .09 degree - < .5 degree
Access Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, School of Forestry, University of Montana Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Email: johnk at
Contact Address:
NTSG School of Forestry
University of Montana
City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59812
Country: USA
Distribution Media: FTP
Fees: None
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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McDonald, K.C., J.S. Kimball, E. Njoku, R. Zimmermann, and M. Zhao, 2004. Variability in springtime thaw in the terrestrial high latitudes: Monitoring a major control on the biospheric assimilation of atmospheric CO2 with spaceborne microwave remote sensing. Earth Interactions 8(20), 1-23.

Kimball, J.S., K.C. McDonald, and M. Zhao, 2006. Spring thaw and its effect on terrestrial vegetation productivity in the western Arctic observed from satellite microwave and optical remote sensing. Earth Interactions 10(21), 1-22.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-11-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-12-06