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USGS Sea Ice Mail, 2017

June 5, 2017

Daily sea ice imagery and charting benefits logistics and navigational planning in the Alaskan Arctic waters, yet access to these data often requires high bandwidth data access and substantial GIS processing. This software script acquires, processes and delivers these data in a format that may be manipulated by openly available virtual globe software, be visualized by software commonly installed on all smart phones and computers, and that may be accessed through moderate band-width data communications available in remote Alaskan communities and offshore research vessels. The script sends daily or weekly e-mails with attached maps images and virtual globe data files of sea ice products, including the National Ice Center Marginal Ice Zone chart, and images of the 6.25 Km resolution passive microwave reflectance optimized to visualize sea ice. In the emailing the script provides links to the NASA MODIS imagery corrected to enhance visualization of sea ice; National Weather Service sea ice and surface forecast products, the NOAA NECP forecasted 24 h sea ice drift map, and the latest NOAA images from the POES AVHRR satellite.
The purpose of this data delivery script is to support logistics and navigational planning in the Alaskan ice bearing waters in a manner that is convenient for users aboard offshore vessels and remote communities with limited internet data access. The script works from a list of email addresses and automatically sends daily or weekly updates as requested.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title USGS Sea Ice Mail, 2017
DOI 10.5066/F7ZS2TRS
Authors Anthony S. Fischbach
Product Type Software Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center

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