Greenland 5 km DEM, Ice Thickness, and Bedrock Elevation Grids
Entry ID: NSIDC-0092

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Abstract: A Digital Elevation Model (DEM), ice thickness grid, and bedrock elevation grid of Greenland acquired as part of the PARCA program are available in ASCII text format at a 5 km grid spacing in a polar stereographic projection. DEM data are a combination of ERS-1 and Geosat satellite radar altimetry data, Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM) data, and photogrammetric digital height data. Ice thickness ... View entire text
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Description: Polar Ice Sheet DEMs and Topographic Data at NSIDC
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 84.0   S: 60.0   E: -15.0   W: -72.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: J. Bamber
Dataset Title: Greenland 5 km DEM, Ice Thickness, and Bedrock Elevation Grids
Dataset Release Date: 2001-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1993-01-01
Stop Date: 1999-12-31

Start Date: 1970-01-01
Stop Date: 1970-12-01
Quality Various methods were applied to improve the accuracy of elevation estimates over the Greenland ice sheet, including waveform tracking, slope correction, data filtering (tests for return-echo waveform shape, backscatter coefficient, and retracking correction values for each altimeter height estimate), and removal of anomalous orbits. Errors in the estimate of derived ice thickness measurements ... View entire text
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Data Center
NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center 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 Size: 4.5 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Email: j.l.bamber at
Contact Address:
Bristol Glaciology Centre
School of Geographical Sciences
University Road
City: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
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Bamber, J.L., S. Ekholm, W.B. Krabill. 2000. A new, high-resolution digital elevation model of Greenland fully validated with airborne laser altimeter data. Journal of Geophysical Research. In press. Bamber, J.L., R.L. Layberry, S.P. Gogenini. 2000. A new ice thickness and bedrock dataset for the Greenland ice sheet: part I. Journal of Geophysical Research. In press. Bamber, J.L., Ekholm, ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-06-11
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