Zoom from Jakobshavn Glacier with AMSR-E Daily Sea Ice and MODIS Daily Snow Cover

  • Released Saturday, September 30, 2006
  • Updated Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:13AM
  • ID: 3373

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)

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.
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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)


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Datasets used in this visualization

Terra (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
Terra and Aqua Blue Marble Land Cover (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

See more visualizations using this data set
Aqua Daily L3 6.25 km 89 GHz Brightness Temperature (Tb) (Collected with the AMSR-E sensor)
Aqua Sea Ice Concentration (A.K.A. Level 3 12.5 km Sea Ice Concentration) (Collected with the AMSR-E sensor)
Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG (MOD10C1) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

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