1.1 Data Set Identification.
Weekly Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover
(Weekly ; NOAA/NESDIS)
1.2 Data Base Table Name.
1.3 CD-ROM File Name.
Note: capital letters indicate fixed values that appear on the CD-ROM
exactly as shown here, lower case indicates characters (values) that
change for each path and file.
The format used for the snow cover filenames is: YyyWww.sfx, where yy is
the last two digits of the year (e.g., Y87=1987), and ww is the week
number, 01 to 53 (e.g. W52 or W53=the last week of the year). The
filename extension (.sfx), identifies the data set content for the file
(see Section 8.2) and is equal to .NSC for the snow cover data set.
1.4 Revision Date Of This Document.
April 5, 1995
2.1 Investigator(s) Name And Title.
Dr. David A. Robinson
Department of Geography
2.2 Title Of Investigation.
Kinematics of Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover
2.3 Contacts (For Data Production Information).
| Contact 1 | Contact 2 | Contact 3 |
2.3.1 Name |Mr. Michael Matson* |Dr. Chet Ropelewski* |Dr. David Robinson$ |
2.3.2 Address |Interactive Process.|Climate Analysis |Dept. Geography |
|Branch, NOAA NESDIS |Center, NOAA |Rutgers University |
City/St.|Washington, DC |Washington, DC |New Brunswick, NJ |
Zip Code|20233 |20233 |08903 |
2.3.3 Tel. |301-763-8142 |301-763-8227 |908-932-4741 |
2.3.4 Email |not available |not available |drobins@gandalf. |
| | | rutgers.edu |
*Contacts for the original NOAA/NESDIS polar stereographic projection snow
cover data set (see section 6.1 for explanation).
$Contact for the 1 X 1 degree equal angle snow cover data set on this CD-ROM
(see section 6.1 for explanation).
For general information contact the data archive (see section 13.1).
2.4 Requested Form of Acknowledgment.
NOAA Weekly Snow and Ice Cover Charts are produced and digitized by NOAA
personnel. Quality control of the data set, including limited
adjustments to the files for standardization purposes, has subsequently
been conducted at Rutgers University by Dr. David A. Robinson.
To gain a better understanding of the kinematics of Northern Hemisphere
snow cover. Snow cover is a sensitive indicator of climate dynamics
and climate change, and an integrator of basic climate elements. Due in
large part to its spatial and temporal impact on surface albedo, snow
plays a critical role in the earth-atmosphere energy budget, and is the
dictating factor in a major climatic feedback. Serial files of this
critical land surface variable are needed in direct support of climate
and global change studies.
3.2 Summary of Parameters.
Coverage of snow over Northern Hemisphere lands.
NOAA began mapping snow cover over Northern Hemisphere lands in 1966,
using meteorological satellite images. The weekly charts resulting from
this effort continue to be generated operationally and remain the only
such hemispheric product. They comprise the longest satellite-based
environmental record available.
NOAA charts are based on a visual interpretation of photographic copies
of visible satellite imagery by trained meteorologists. The subpoint
resolution of the meteorological satellites used prior to 1972 was about
4 km. The Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR) launched in 1972
provided imagery with a spatial resolution of 1.0 km. Since November
1978, the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) has provided
1.1-km resolution data. Imagery is examined daily and charts show snow
boundaries on the last day of the chart week that the surface in a region
In early years the snow extent was underestimated on the NOAA charts,
especially during fall. Charting improved considerably in 1972 with the
deployment of the VHRR sensor and the increased experience among
analysts in recognizing snow-covered ground. Since then the charts are
considered suitable for continental-scale climate studies.
The NOAA charts are digitized weekly using the National Meteorological
Center's primitive equation grid. This is an 89 X 89 cell Northern
Hemisphere grid having a polar sterographic projection. The version of
this data set which is archived at Rutgers University is adjusted to a
standard land mask. The Rutgers data set has been converted to a 1 X 1
degree equal angle grid, by Dr. David Robinson at Rutgers University, for
use on the ISLSCP Initiative 1 CD-ROM.
4. THEORY OF MEASUREMENTS
Continental coverage of snow extent can be provided from analyses of visible
environmental satellite imagery at a relatively high spatial resolution (one
to several kilometers). Snow is identified by recognizing characteristic
textured surface features and brightnesses of snow covered land. Information
on surface albedo and percent snow cover (patchiness) is also gleaned from the
data. Temporal resolution of coverage is potentially as often as every
several hours when a polar-orbiting environmental satellite passes over a
region, or in the middle and lower high latitudes as frequent as an hourly
basis from geostationary satellite. Clouds and darkness are the major
obstacles in obtaining data on a timely basis.
5.1 Instrument Description.
The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) is a cross-track
scanning system featuring two visible, one middle infrared, and two
NOAA-9, NOAA-10, and NOAA-11 polar orbiting platforms, for the
period 1987 and 1988.
5.1.2 Mission Objectives.
The AVHRR is designed for multispectral analysis of meteorol-
ogic, oceanographic, and hydrologic parameters. The objective of
the instrument is to provide radiance data for investigation of
clouds, land-water boundaries, snow and ice extent, ice or snow
melt inception, day and night cloud distribution, temperatures
of radiating surfaces, and sea surface temperature. It is an
integral member of the payload on the advanced TIROS-N space-
craft and its successors in the NOAA series, and as such contri-
butes data required to meet a number of operational and research-
oriented meteorological objectives.
5.1.3 Key Variables.
Emitted radiation, reflected radiation.
5.1.4 Principles of Operation.
The AVHRR is a four-channel or five-channel scanning radio-
meter which detects emitted and reflected radiation from the
Earth in the visible, near-infrared and far-infrared regions of
the spectrum. A fifth channel has been added to the follow-on
instrument designated AVHRR/2 and flown on NOAA-7, NOAA-9,
NOAA-11 (and subsequent odd-numbered missions) to improve the
correction for atmospheric vapor. Scanning is provided by an
elliptical beryllium mirror rotating at 360 rpm about an axis
parallel to the Earth. A two-stage radiant cooler is used to
maintain a constant temperature for the IR detectors of 95
degrees K. The operating temperature is selectable at either 105
or 110 degrees K. The telescope is an 8-inch afocal, all-
reflective Cassegrain system. Polarization is less than 10
percent. Instrument operation is controlled by 26 commands and
monitored by 20 analog housekeeping parameters.
5.1.5 Instrument Measurement Geometry.
The AVHRR is a cross-track scanning system. The instan-
taneous field-of-view (IFOV) of each sensor is approximately 1.4
milliradians giving a resolution of 1.1 km at the satellite
subpoint. There is about a 36 percent overlap between IFOVs
(1.362 samples per IFOV). The scanning rate of the AVHRR is six
scans per second, and each scan spans an angle of +/- 55.4
degrees from the nadir.
5.1.6 Manufacturer of Instrument.
Not available at this revision.
The Thermal infrared channels are calibrated in-flight using a view of
a stable blackbody and space as a reference. No in-flight visible
channel calibration is performed.
IFOV 1.4 mRad
RESOLUTION 1.1 km
ALTITUDE 833 km
SCAN RATE 360 scans/min
1.362 samples per IFOV
SCAN RANGE -55.4 to 55.4 degrees
SAMPLES/SCAN 2048 samples per channel per earth scan
5.2.2 Frequency of Calibration.
5.2.3 Other Calibration Information.
6.1 Data Acquisition Methods.
NOAA charts are based on a visual interpretation of photographic copies
of visible imagery by trained meteorologists. The subpoint resolution of
the meteorological satellites used prior to 1972 was about 4 km. The
Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR) launched in 1972 provided imagery
with a spatial resolution of 1.0 km. Since November 1978, the Advanced
Very High Resolution Radiometer AVHRR has provided 1.1-km resolution
data. Imagery is examined daily and charts show snow boundaries on the
last day of the chart week that the surface in a region is seen. These
charts are subsequently digitized weekly using the National
Meteorological Center's primitive equation grid. This is an 89 x 89 cell
northern hemisphere grid having a polar stereographic projection. Cell
resolution ranges from 16,000 to 42,000 square kilometers. Only cells
interpreted to be at least 50% snow covered are considered snow covered.
The Snow Cover data on the ISLSCP Initiative 1 CD-ROM was converted from
the 89 x 89 polar stereographic projection to a 1 x 1 degree equal angle
grid (see section 9.3.1 for details), by Dr. David Robinson at the
Department of Geography, Rutgers University. This data set has also been
adjusted to a standard land mask (see section 9.2.1).
6.2 Spatial Characteristics.
6.2.1 Spatial Coverage.
The NOAA/NESDIS Snow Cover data only covers land in the Northern
Hemisphere. Data in file are ordered from North to South and from
West to East beginning at 180 degrees West and 90 degrees North.
Point (1,1) represents the grid cell centered at 89.5 N and 179.5
W (see section 8.4).
6.2.2 Spatial Resolution.
The data are given in an equal-angle lat/long grid that has a
spatial resolution of 1 X 1 degree lat/long.
6.3 Temporal Characteristics.
6.3.1 Temporal Coverage.
Charts have been produced from 1966 to present. In early years
the snow extent was underestimated on the NOAA charts, especially
during fall. This was a result of the meteorological satellites
having a 4 km resolution during this period. Charting improved
considerably in 1972 with the deployment of the VHRR sensor and
the increased experience among analysts in recognizing snow-
The snow cover data on the ISLSCP CD-ROM covers the period from
December 29, 1986 to January 1, 1989.
The number of days in a year (365 1/4) is not exactly divisible by
7; consequently, the dates for each weekly chart vary from year to
year, and a 53rd week occurs approximately every five years.
Below is a listing of the week number along with their
corresponding dates for 1987 and 1988:
01 DEC 29-JAN 4 28 JUL 06-12 01 JAN 04-10 27 JUL 04-10
02 JAN 05-11 29 JUL 13-19 02 JAN 11-17 28 JUL 11-17
03 JAN 12-18 30 JUL 20-26 03 JAN 18-24 29 JUL 18-24
04 JAN 19-25 31 JUL 27-AUG 02 04 JAN 25-31 30 JUL 25-31
05 JAN 26-FEB 01 32 AUG 03-09 05 FEB 01-07 31 AUG 01-07
06 FEB 02-08 33 AUG 10-16 06 FEB 08-14 32 AUG 08-14
07 FEB 09-15 34 AUG 17-23 07 FEB 15-21 33 AUG 15-21
08 FEB 16-22 35 AUG 24-30 08 FEB 22-28 34 AUG 22-28
09 FEB 23-MAR 01 36 AUG 31-SEP 06 09 FEB 29-MAR 06 35 AUG 29-SEP 04
10 MAR 02-08 37 SEP 07-13 10 MAR 07-13 36 SEP 05-11
11 MAR 09-15 38 SEP 14-20 11 MAR 14-20 37 SEP 12-18
12 MAR 16-22 39 SEP 21-27 12 MAR 21-27 38 SEP 19-25
13 MAR 23-29 40 SEP 28-OCT 04 13 MAR 28-APR 03 39 SEP 26-OCT 02
14 MAR 30-APR 05 41 OCT 05-11 14 APR 04-10 40 OCT 03-09
15 APR 06-12 42 OCT 12-18 15 APR 11-17 41 OCT 10-16
16 APR 13-19 43 OCT 19-25 16 APR 18-24 42 OCT 17-23
17 APR 20-26 44 OCT 26-NOV 01 17 APR 25-MAY 01 43 OCT 24-30
18 APR 27-MAY 03 45 NOV 02-08 18 MAY 02-08 44 OCT 31-NOV 06
19 MAY 04-10 46 NOV 09-15 19 MAY 09-15 45 NOV 07-13
20 MAY 11-17 47 NOV 16-22 20 MAY 16-22 46 NOV 14-20
21 MAY 18-24 48 NOV 23-29 21 MAY 23-29 47 NOV 21-27
22 MAY 25-31 49 NOV 30-DEC 06 22 MAY 30-JUN 05 48 NOV 28-DEC 04
23 JUN 01-07 50 DEC 07-13 23 JUN 06-12 49 DEC 05-11
24 JUN 08-14 51 DEC 14-20 24 JUN 13-19 50 DEC 12-18
25 JUN 15-21 52 DEC 21-27 25 JUN 20-26 51 DEC 19-25
26 JUN 22-28 53 DEC 28-JAN 03 26 JUN 27-JUL 03 52 DEC 26-JAN 01
27 JUN 29-JUL 05
6.3.2 Temporal Resolution.
7.1 Field Notes.
8. DATA DESCRIPTION
8.1 Table Definition With Comments.
8.2 Type of Data.
| 8.2.1 | | |
|NOAA Weekly Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover Charts | | |
| | 8.2.2 | 8.2.3 | 8.2.4 | 8.2.5 |
| |Parameter/Variable Description |Range |Units |Source |
|SNOW_COVER | | | |
| |Snow cover extent over northern |min =0 $ |[Unitless] |visible |
| |hemisphere lands from visible |max =1 $ | |sensor |
| |environmental satellite imagery. | | |on-board |
| | | | |satellite |
$The snow cover data set contains two possible data values, the minimum data
value (0) indicates no snow and the maximum data value (1) indicates snow
8.3 Sample Data Base Data Record.
8.4 Data Format.
All data on the ISLSCP Initiative 1 CD-ROM are files in ASCII format. The
CD-ROM file format consists of numerical fields of varying length, which
are space delimited and arranged in columns and rows. Each column
contains 90 numerical values, and each row contains 360 numerical values.
I = 1 IS CENTERED AT 179.5W
I INCREASES EASTWARD BY 1 DEGREE
J = 1 IS CENTERED AT 89.5N
J INCREASES SOUTHWARD BY 1 DEGREE
90N - | - - - | - - - | - - - | - -
| (1,1) | (2,1) | (3,1) |
89N - | - - - | - - - | - - - | - -
| (1,2) | (2,2) | (3,2) |
88N - | - - - | - - - | - - - | - -
| (1,3) | (2,3) | (3,3) |
87N - | - - - | - - - | - - - |
180W 179W 178W 177W
8.5 Related Data Sets.
USAF-ETAC Snow Depth data (on this CD-ROM).
WMO-GTC Snow Depth data.
9. DATA MANIPULATIONS
9.1.1 Derivation Techniques/Algorithms.
9.2 Data Processing Sequence.
9.2.1 Processing Steps and Data Sets.
The NOAA charts are digitized weekly using the National
Meteorological Center's primitive equation grid. This is an 89 x
89 cell northern hemisphere grid having a polar sterographic
projection. Only cells interpreted to be at least 50% snow
covered are considered snow covered. The preceding efforts are
conducted by NOAA personnel. The version of this data set which is
archived at Rutgers University is adjusted to a standard land
mask. NOAA has not treated 53 cells (covering 1.8 million square
kilometers) consistently over the charting history. In 1981 NOAA
changed their land mask; 26 land cells were reclassified as water
and 27 new land cells were added. Neither of the NOAA masks is
accurate; both fail to accurately identify all land (greater than
50% land) and water cells. An accurate land mask was developed at
Rutgers using digital map files analyzed on a geographic
information system. The percentage of land in each of the 7921
National Meteorological Center grid cells was calculated using the
National Geophysical Data Center's 5-minute resolution ETOPO5 file
as the primary data source. As this file does not include large
interior lakes, the Navy Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center's 10-
min resolution Primary Terrain Cover Types file was used to
account for these water bodies. Some 48 cells poleward of
approximately 30 degrees N, which had been considered land in the
pre-1981 NOAA or in the 1981-to-present NOAA mask, are actually
predominantly water covered. Conversely, 54 land cells were
considered water on one or both NOAA masks, and these required a
first-time analysis to determine whether they might be snow
covered. This was accomplished by selecting nearest
representative land cells (cells that NOAA has continually charted
as land) and assigning their snow status to the "new" land cells.
Spot checks of a number of hard copy weekly charts prove this to
be an adequate approach. The product on this CD-ROM is grided to
the common land/sea mask used for all other data sets on the
9.2.2 Processing Changes.
Some information related to this is found in 9.2.1.
9.3.1 Special Corrections/Adjustments.
The Dept. of Geography (Dr. David Robinson) at Rutgers University
converted the original 89 x 89 polar sterographic projection grid
data to a 1 x 1 degree equal angle grid with an origin point of 90
latitude and -180 longitude. Their procedure was to create vector
boxes for each grid cell in the original 89 x 89 cell NOAA matrix
(the one laid over a polar stereo projection for digitization
purposes). The next step was to create a raster file, with each
raster cell having 1 x 1 degree dimensions. This was "laid" over
the vector file, and the raster cell is assigned the value of the
vector box in which the raster cell's center point lies. Thus
there is no weighted averaging should a raster cell sit over more
than one vector cell.
9.4 Graphs and Plots.
Examples of charts and plots can be found in: Matson, M., C.F.
Ropelewski, and M.S. Varnadore, 1986, An Atlas of Satellite-Derived
Northern Hemispheric Snow Cover Frequency, NOAA Atlas,75pp.; and in
Robinson, D.A., K.F. Dewey, and R.R. Heim, Jr., 1993, Global snow cover
monitoring: an update, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society,
vol. 74, no. 9, 1689-1696. See reference section for a fuller listing.
10.1 Sources of Error.
Snow cover is most difficult to identify (if at all possible) where 1)
skies are frequently cloudy, 2) solar zenith angles are relatively high
and illumination is low (or absent), 3) the snow cover is unstable or
changes rapidly, and 4) pronounced local and regional signatures, such
as the distribution of vegetation, lakes and rivers, are absent.
10.2 Quality Assessment.
10.2.1 Data Validation by Source.
Efforts to validate the data have included comparisons with
satellite and station data. These have primarily been done on a
regional basis for selected intervals. They include comparing
snow boundaries on NOAA charts to boundaries derived from
independent analyses of hard-copy visible satellite imagery
conducted in a manner similar to that of NOAA personnel.
Regional NOAA snow boundaries have also been compared with
boundaries derived from analyses of dense networks of stations.
Finally, preliminary comparisons of continental snow areas
calculated from NOAA data have been compared with areas
calculated from satellite microwave-derived snow cover charts.
Pertinent references to these investigations include: Robinson,
D.A. (1993) Monitoring Northern Hemisphere snow cover. Snow
Watch '92. Glaciological Data Report, GD-25, 1-25. Robinson,
D.A. & G. Kukla (1988) Comments on "Comparison of Northern
Hemisphere Snow Cover Data Sets". Journal of Climate, 1, 435-
440. Wiesnet, D. R., C.F. Ropelewski, G.J. Kukla & D.A.
Robinson (1987) A discussion of the accuracy of NOAA satellite-
derived global seasonal snow cover measurements. Large Scale
Effects of Seasonal Snow Cover, International Association of
Hydrological Sciences Publication 166, 291-304. Robinson, D.A.
& G. Kukla (1982) Remotely sensed characteristics of snow
covered lands. 1982 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote
Sensing Symposium Digest, WA-1, 2.1-2.9.
10.2.2 Confidence Level/Accuracy Judgment.
In general, the NOAA charts, while less than perfect, are
considered to be the most accurate means of obtaining snow
extent information on large regional to hemispheric scales.
Some of the shortcomings in using shortwave data to chart snow
1) the inability to detect snow cover when solar illumination is
low or when skies are cloudy,
2) the underestimation of cover where dense forests mask the
3) difficulties in discriminating snow from clouds in
mountainous regions and in uniform lightly-vegetated areas
that have a high surface brightness when snow covered,
4) the lack of all but the most general information on snow
depth (Kukla and Robinson, 1981; Dewey and Heim, 1982).
Despite the shortwave limitations, the NOAA charts are quite
reliable at many times and in many regions. These include
1) skies are frequently clear, commonly in Spring near the snow
2) solar zenith angles are relatively low and illumination is
3) the snow cover is reasonable stable or changes slowly,
4) pronounced local and regional signatures are present owing to
the distribution of vegetation, lakes and rivers.
Under these conditions, the satellite-derived product will be
superior to charts of snow extent gleaned from station data,
particularly in mountainous and sparsely inhabited regions.
Another advantage of the NOAA snow charts is their portrayal of
regionally-representative snow extent, whereas charts based on
ground station reports may be biased due to the preferred
position of weather stations in valleys and in places affected
by urban heat islands, such as airports.
10.2.3 Measurement Error for Parameters and Variables.
No quantitative error estimates have been done on more than a
regional level over selected time intervals.
10.2.4 Additional Quality Assessment Applied.
Efforts to validate the NOAA charts have been infrequent and on
11.1 Known Problems With The Data.
Problems with the land mask employed by NOAA are discussed in section
9.2.1. These have been corrected in the Rutgers version of the data
11.2 Usage Guidance.
Dependent on study goals. Some integration on spatial (multiple cells
from the gridded version of the product) and/or temporal (multiple
weeks) is recommended.
11.3 Other Relevant Information.
12.1 Satellite/Instrument/Data Processing Documentation.
Dewey, K.F., and R. Heim Jr, 1981. Satellite observations of variations
in Northern Hemisphere seasonal snow cover, NOAA Tech. Report NESS
87, Washington, DC, 83pp.
Dewey, K.F., and R. Heim Jr, 1982. A digital archive of Northern
Hemisphere snow cover, November 1966 through December 1980. Bull.
Am. Met. Soc., 63:1132-1141.
Matson, M., C.F. Ropelewski, and M.S. Varnadore, 1986. An Atlas of
Satellite-Derived Northern Hemispheric Snow Cover Frequency, NOAA,
Washington, DC, 75pp.
Robinson, D.A. and G. Kukla, 1982. Remotely sensed characteristics of
snow covered lands. 1982 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote
Sensing Symposium Digest, WA-1, 2.1-2.9.
Robinson, D.A. and G.Kukla, 1988. Comments on "Comparison of Northern
Hemisphere Snow Cover Data Sets". Journal of Climate, 1:435-440.
Robinson, D.A., 1993. Monitoring northern hemisphere snow cover. Snow
Watch '92. Glaciological Data Report, GD-25, 1-25.
Wiesnet, D.R., C.F. Ropelewski, G.J. Kukla and D.A. Robinson, 1987. A
discussion of the accuracy of NOAA satellite-derived global seasonal
snow cover measurements. Large Scale Effects of Seasonal Snow Cover,
International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication
12.2 Journal Articles and Study Reports.
Gutzler, D.S., and R.D. Rosen, 1992. Interannual variability of
wintertime snow cover across the Northern Hemisphere. J. Clim.,
Iwasaki, T., 1991. Year-to-year variation of snow cover area in the
Northern Hemisphere. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 69:209-217.
Kukla, G. and D.A. Robinson, 1981. Accuracy of snow and ice monitoring.
Snow Watch 1980, Glaciological Data, Report GD-5:91-97.
Masuda, K., Y. Morinaga, A. Numaguti, and A. Abe-ouchi, 1993. The annual
cycle of snow cover extent over the Northern Hemisphere as revealed
by NOAA/NESDIS satellite data. Geographical Reports of Tokyo
Metropolitan University, 28:113-132.
Robinson, D.A., and K.F. Dewey, 1990. Recent secular variations in the
extent of Northern Hemisphere snow cover. Geophys. Res. Let.,
Robinson, D.A., K.F. Dewey, and R.R. Heim, Jr., 1993. Global snow cover
monitoring: an update, Bulletin of the American Meteorological
12.3 Archive/DBMS Usage Documentation.
Contact the EOS Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt Maryland (see Section 13 below).
Documentation about using the archive or information about access to the
on-line information system is available through the GSFC DAAC User
13. DATA ACCESS
13.1 Contacts for Archive/Data Access Information.
GSFC DAAC User Services
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Phone: (301) 286-3209
Fax: (301) 286-1775
13.2 Archive Identification.
Goddard Distributed Active Archive Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Telephone: (301) 286-3209
FAX: (301) 286-1775
13.3 Procedures for Obtaining Data.
Users may place requests by accessing the on-line system, by sending
letters, electronic mail, FAX, telephone, or personal visit.
Accessing the GSFC DAAC Online System:
The GSFC DAAC Information Management System (IMS) allows users to
ordering data sets stored on-line. The system is open to the public.
Node name: daac.gsfc.nasa.gov
Node number: 188.8.131.52
Login example: telnet daac.gsfc.nasa.gov
You will be asked to register your name and address during your first
To order CD-ROMs (available through the Goddard DAAC) users should
contact the Goddard DAAC User Support Office (see section 13.2).
13.4 GSFC DAAC Status/Plans.
The ISLSCP Initiative I CD-ROM is available from the Goddard DAAC.
14. OUTPUT PRODUCTS AND AVAILABILITY
14.1 Tape Products.
14.2 Film Products.
14.3 Other Products.
15. GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
CD-ROM Compact disc read only memory.
DAAC Distributed Active Archive Center
EOS Earth Observation System
GCM Global Circulation Model.
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center
IMS Information Management System
ISLSCP International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NESDIS NOAA Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
VHRR Very High Resolution Radiometer