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

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Abstract: The MEaSUREs Global Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status Version 2 product is a global record of the daily freeze/thaw (FT) status of the landscape derived from satellite observations of radiometric brightness temperatures. Two FT records are provided: a Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) and Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) record for the years 1979 to 2010; and an Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) record 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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Description: Freeze/Thaw Earth System Data Record Web Site
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 Release Date: 2013-01-08
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 2
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1979-01-01
Stop Date: 2010-12-31

Start Date: 2002-06-19
Stop Date: 2011-09-27
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25km
Temporal Resolution: 12 hour
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments

Data Center Personnel
Email: nsidc at
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 25 KB
Distribution Format: GIF
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Email: at
Contact Address:
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. Brodzik, M. J. and R. L. Armstrong. 2002. EASE-Grid: A versatile set of equal-area projections and grids. In M. Goodchild (Ed.), Discrete Global Grids. Santa Barbara, California USA: National Center for Geographic Information and ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2013-01-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-05-19
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