Alaska Satellite Facility
Delivering Remote Sensing Data Since 1991

Find Sea Ice Data: Now GIS Compatible!

Films of new sea ice outline eddies near Arctic islands. Because radar penetrates clouds, this image reveals only sea ice, water, and land. © ESA 1992

Sea Ice Data and Imagery

The 1995-2012 radar data and imagery available here, at no cost to users, chronicle the motion of sea ice during a historic, dramatic decline in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice.

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User Resources

Resources include sea-ice-data product specification documents, case studies, citation information for the datasets, and citations of relevant scientific literature on sea ice.

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Sea ice is the central player in a dynamic system that affects the planet's oceans and climate — and sea ice is a force to be reckoned with as polar waters open to human activity.


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The sea-ice imagery and data products available through the ASF DAAC are supported under NASA's Making Earth System data records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program.

Get SAR Data

Get SAR Data

Select and download SAR data online using Vertex.

Use the ASF API for downloading SAR data via a command line.