Meltpond2000 Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer Sea Ice Brightness Temperatures
Entry ID: NSIDC-0208

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Abstract: The Meltpond2000 project was the first in a series of Arctic and Antarctic aircraft campaigns to validate sea ice algorithms developed for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E), primarily to quantify errors in AMSR-E sea ice products resulting from the presence of melt ponds. The AMSR-E validation effort addresses data quality through comprehensive ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 76.42   S: 68.97   E: -63.2   W: -105.02
Min Altitude: 1371.6 METERS Max Altitude: 5791.2 METERS

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Klein, M., A. J. Gasiewski, D. J. Cavalieri, and T. Markus.
Dataset Title: Meltpond2000 Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer Sea Ice Brightness Temperatures
Dataset Release Date: 2004-02-13
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2000-06-26
Stop Date: 2000-07-06
Aircraft Ancillary Description
Quality Data in the TB maps are not compensated for incident angle variations caused either by aicraft roll and pitch or, in the case of the SLFMR, by the cross-track scanning mode. Although the PSR scans at fixed angles, aircraft pitch and roll variations influence the incident angle by as much as +/- 3 deg in angle, or roughly +/- 7 K for vertical and +/- 4 K for horizontal polarization over water. All channels worked well providing approximately 0.5 K to 1 K root-mean-square (RMS) noise for 20 ms integration. One exception was the 89 GHz vertical channel, which was not calibrated due to spurious noise (Klein et al. 2001). The 89 GHz noise is presumed to be from iron epoxy debris on the sensor.
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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 Size: 647 MB
Distribution Format: MATLAB
Email: marian.klein at
Contact Address:
NOAA/Environmental Technology Laboratory
Division of Microwave Systems Development
325 Broadway
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305-3328
Country: USA
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Cavalieri, D.J. 2000. EOS Aqua AMSR-E sea ice validation program: Meltpond2000 flight report. NASA Technical Memorandum, NASA/TM 2000-209972. Greenbelt, MD, USA: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ivanoff, A. 'Meltpond2000.' Sea Ice Remote Sensing. 23 May 2003. Accessed January 2004. Klein, M., A.J. Gasiewski, K. Schuler, D. Cavalieri, T. Markus, ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-02-13
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-05-23
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