BAS: Thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets 2003-2007
Entry ID: BAS-LasersGreenlandAntarctic2003-2007

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Abstract: The team used data from NASA’s high-resolution ICESat (Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite). Launched in January 2003, ICESat was sent into a polar orbit to examine changes in the world's ice and land masses — particularly ice mass balance — as well cloud and aerosol height. The satellite’s lasers have measured the surface elevation of the Earth’s ice sheets with unprecedented accuracy. The ... View entire text
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  N: -55.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0
  N: 86.0   S: 56.0   E: -9.0   W: -75.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Hamish D. Pritchard, Robert J. Arthern, David G. Vaughan, and Laura A. Edwards, British Antarctic Survey and University of Bristol
Dataset Title: BAS: Thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets 2003-2007
Dataset Release Date: 23 Sep 2009
Dataset Publisher: Nature
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-01-01
Stop Date: 2007-12-31
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Dataset ID: BAS-LasersGreenlandAntarctic2003-2007

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British Antarctic Survey. (2009, September 23). Press release – Lasers from space show thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Accessed October 2, 2009.

Haven, K. (2007, August 28). Greenland’s Ice Island Alarm. NASA’s Earth Observatory. Accessed October 2, 2009.

Pritchard, H.D., Arthern, R.J., Vaghan, D.G., and Edwards, L.A. (2009, September 23). Extensive dynamic thinning on the margins of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Nature, doi.10.1038/nature08471. Accessed October 2, 2009.
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DIF Creation Date: 2009-10-13
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-19
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