Sea-Ice concentration for Arctic & Antarctic (ASI-SSMI)
Sea ice concentration distribution derived with the ASI algorithm from SSM/IS data in the southern (left) and northern (right) hemisphere for May 5, 2013. A click on the maps links to the actual sea ice concentration map. Grey areas mark missing satellite data.
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Data access via file system: /data/icdc/ice_and_snow/asi_ssmi_iceconc
Special Sensor Microwave / Imager (SSM/I) and Special Sensor Microwave / Imager Sounder (SSM/IS) have been used to produce a finer resolved sea-ice concentration data set gridded onto a polar-stereographic grid true at 70 degrees with 12.5 km grid resolution. The sea ice concentration data available here have been computed at IFREMER by applying the ARTIST Sea Ice (ASI) algorithm to brightness temperatures measured with the 85 GHz SSM/I and/or SSM/IS channels. These channels have a considereably finer spatial resolution than the commonly used lower frequency channels.
So far there are no estimates of the uncertainties included in the data product. This is planned for version 02 of this data product.
Coverage, spatial and temporal resolution
Time period and temporal resolution:
Missing (interpolated) days: 06-18-1992, 04-01-1993, 20-07-1994, 20-11-1994, 21-11-1994, 22-11-1994, 01-12-1996, 11-03-1998, 01-12-2000, 31-12-2006, 05-12-2007
Spatial coverage and resolution:
The data set does not yet contain uncertainty estimates.
A number of comparisons with ship observations and independent satellite data (see publications listed below) have proven the skill of the ASI algorithm in particular for high sea-ice concentrations.
In addition a theoretical investigation about uncertainties that are expected due to sensor noise and/or varying surface and environmental conditions has been made; its results can be found in Spreen et al. (2008).
We note, that the advantage given with the finer spatial resolution could be offset sometimes by the higher uncertainty of the retrieved sea ice concentration. This is caused by the higher sensitivity of the 85 GHz channels to the atmospheric water vapor content and the cloud liquid water content when compared to the usually used 37 GHz and 19 GHz channels. In particular in the marginal ice zone sea-ice concentration could therefore exhibit a positive bias.
Weather can impact snow physical properties relevant for remote sensing of the sea ice and thus impact sea ice concentration retrieval. In order to mitigate unrealistic short-term sea ice concentration variations due to weather effects a 5-day median filter was applied to the entire time series.
In addition missing grid cells are filled with a 2-step approach first by spatial then by temporal interpolation. Isolated grid cells with a too high sea ice concentration were replaced by the mean concentration value of the adjacent grid cells. Missing days are interpolated from the neighboring days also by temporal interpolation. Above-mentioned isolated grid cells occurred mainly during the first couple of months of this data set. Missing days are listed further up.
A consistency check has been carried out in order to investigate the data set for a potential inconsistency during the shift from DMSP-F13 SSM/I to DMSP-F17 SSM/IS. The results of this check are summarized in this document and do not indicate an inconsistency.
CliSAP / ICDC:
CliSAP / KlimaCampus / Institute of Oceanography
Email: lars.kaleschke@ zmaw.de
CliSAP / KlimaCampus / ICDC
Email: stefan.kern@ zmaw.de
Please refer to
"ASI Algorithm SSMI-SSMIS sea ice concentration were obtained for [PERIOD] from the Integrated Climate Date Center (ICDC, http://icdc.zmaw,de/), University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, [Month, Year]"