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Global sea-Ice Content (GICE2.3b) anomalies (1871-2003)

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2003-03-19
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-02-02
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 138 Files | 103MB


GICE (Global sea-Ice) is a gridded dataset of sea-ice coverage fractions covering the period 1856-February 2003. The current version of the dataset is GICE23b.

GISST/GICE was originally developed as an extention to MOHSST that provided a globally complete SST analysis and sea-ice data. This is required to drive atmospheric general circulation models.

GISST/GICE has now been superceeded by HadISST. We now recommend use of HadISST instead of GISST/GICE for all purposes. GICE is only still available in case it is needed for direct comparison with earlier work where GICE was used. GICE is no longer updated or developed.

The sea-ice component of GISST (GICE) contains known inhomogeneities, especially in the antarctic. GISST should not be used for studies of sea-ice variability.

GISST sea-ice fractions are based on a mixture of charts, satellite observations and statistical interpolations.

The current version of the dataset is GICE 2.3B which was provided by the Met Office.

Citable as:  Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research (2007): Global sea-Ice Content (GICE2.3b) anomalies (1871-2003). NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: GOSTA-GICE2.3B
Keywords: Met Office, GICE, GISST, SST, Ice, Blended, Land, climate


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Data files acquired by the BADC from the Met Office Hadley Centre in 2000. Original data files were split in yearly files. Original files also available in the archive.

Data Quality:
Data quality controlled by the Met Office. See documentation provided.
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Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

GICE sea-ice content data processing deployed on Met Office Hadley Centre Computers


This computation involved: GICE sea-ice content data processing deployed on Met Office Hadley Centre Computers. Process used to create the GICE dataset.

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  • long_name: Sea Ice Concentration
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  • gcmd_keyword: Sea Ice Concentration
  • names: Sea Ice Concentration,

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