Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets
Entry ID: NSIDC-0053

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Note: This data set is now on FTP so references to CD-ROM are historic and no longer applicable.

The Ice Altimetry System (IAS) data seet contains surface elevations of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets derived from Seasat and GEOSAT radar altimetry data. The Seasat data were collected for a continuous 90 days in 1978, at latitudes between 72 degrees South ... View entire text
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Description: Polar Ice Sheet DEMs and Elevation Data
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 72.0   S: 60.0   E: -20.0   W: -60.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Zwally, J. and A. Brenner
Dataset Title: Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets
Dataset Release Date: 1997-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1978-06-01
Stop Date: 1986-09-30
Data Set Progress
Data Center
NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Phone: 301-614-5643
Fax: 301-614-5644
Email: Jay.Zwally at
Contact Address:
Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 614
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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National Snow and Ice Data Center. 1985-1986. Users' Manual on the Ice Altimetry System CD-ROM. NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. Seasat and GEOSAT Ice Altimetry Data. Digital data available from Boulder, Colorado. Zwally, H. J., A. C. Brenner, J. A. Major, T. V. Martin, and R. A. Bindschadler. 1990. Satellite radar altimetry over ice. Processing and corrections of Seasat data over Greenland. NASA Reference Publication 1: 1233. Zwally, H. Jay, Judy A. Major, Anita C. Brenner, and Robert A. Bindschadler. 1987. Ice measurements by GEOSAT radar altimetry. Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest. 8:2:251-254.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1997-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-07-16
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