Zoom from Jakobshavn Glacier with AMSR-E Daily Sea Ice and MODIS Daily Snow Cover
Beginning from a view of Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier, this animation shows motion of sea ice and snow cover over the Arctic from 10/1/2002 through 6/23/2003 as the camera pulls out to frame the full globe. The false color of the sea ice is derived from the AMSR-E 6.25 km brightness temperature. The sea ice extent is defined by AMSR-E 12.5 km sea ice concentration, identifying all regions having a sea ice concentration of greater than 15%. Because AMSR-E is a passive microwave sensor that functions independently from atmospheric effects, this sensor is able to observe the entire polar region every day, even through clouds and snowfalls.
This animation moves from a view of the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland to a full global view, showing seasonal changes in Arctic sea ice and global snow cover. (slower version)
This still image shows the Arctic sea ice along with global snow cover.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC). Jeff Schmaltz (NASA/GSFC)
- Cindy Starr (Global Science and Technology, Inc.) [Lead]
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Datasets used in this visualization
Terra and Aqua Blue Marble Land CoverID: 510Collected with MODIS
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).See all pages that use this dataset
Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG (MOD10C1)ID: 504Collected with MODIS 10/01/2002 - 06/23/2003
Aqua Sea Ice Concentration (Level 3 12.5 km Sea Ice Concentration)ID: 608Collected with AMSR-E 10/01/2002 - 06/23/2003
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