Global Monthly EASE-Grid Snow Water Equivalent Climatology: SSMR, SSMI

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Global Monthly EASE-Grid Snow Water Equivalent Climatology: SSMR, SSMI
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This data set comprises global, monthly satellite-derived snow water equivalent (SWE) climatologies from November 1978 through May 2007, and is updated with more recent data periodically. Global data are gridded to the
Northern and Southern 25 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grids (EASE-Grids). Global snow water equivalent is derived from Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) and selected Special Sensor Microwave/Imagers (SSM/I). Northern Hemisphere data are enhanced with snow cover frequencies derived from the NOAA Northern Hemisphere EASE-Grid Weekly Snow Cover and Sea Ice Extent Version 2 data (the snow charts were not produced for the Southern Hemisphere). These data are suitable for continental-scale time-series studies of snow cover and water equivalent.

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Acknowledgement of any material taken from or knowledge gained from this page is appreciated:

National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified "The Climate Data Guide: Global Monthly EASE-Grid Snow Water Equivalent Climatology: SSMR, SSMI.” Retrieved from on 2024-04-17.

Citation of datasets is separate and should be done according to the data providers' instructions. If known to us, data citation instructions are given in the Data Access section, above.

Acknowledgement of the Climate Data Guide project is also appreciated:

Schneider, D. P., C. Deser, J. Fasullo, and K. E. Trenberth, 2013: Climate Data Guide Spurs Discovery and Understanding. Eos Trans. AGU, 94, 121–122,

Key Figures

Climate Data Guide Image: Snow Water Climatology (NH)

Monthly mean snow water equivalent for February 2005. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Climate Data Guide Image: Snow Water Climatology (SH)

Southern Hemisphere monthly long-term average snow water equivalent (mm) from SSM/I, August 1987 - June 2003. (Credit: NSIDC)

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Earth system components and main variables
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Years of record
Data time period extended
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Ocean or Land
Spatial Resolution

721x721 EASE Grid

Model Resolution (reanalysis)
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Model Vintage (reanalysis)

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