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Ross Ice Shelf Firn Temperature, Antarctica
Entry ID: NSIDC-0354

Abstract: Since November of 2006, 12 thermistors were planted in the upper 16 meters of the firn on the Ross Ice Shelf near its calving front. Temperature data are collected every 20 minutes and are transmitted via ARGOS satellite relay. Data are intended to provide a view of how firn temperatures change as the ice shelf evolves. Data are available in comma-delimited ASCII format. Data are available via FTP.
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Description: Antarctic Glaciological Data Center

Description: AGDC Web site
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -78.0   S: -78.0   E: -178.0   W: -178.0
Max Depth: 16 METERS

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Doug MacAyeal
Dataset Title: Ross Ice Shelf Firn Temperature, Antarctica
Dataset Release Date: 2008-12-15
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-11-04
Stop Date: 2008-06-30
Data Resolution
Vertical Resolution: 16 meters
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
NSIDC Antarctic Glaciological Data 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: 2 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Phone: 773-702-8027
Fax: 773-702-9505
Email: drm7 at
Contact Address:
Department of Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago
5734 S. Ellis Ave
City: Chicago
Province or State: IL
Postal Code: 60637
Country: USA
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Sergienko, O. V., D. R. MacAyeal and J. E. Thom, 2008. Reconstruction of snow/firn thermal diffusivities from observed temperature variation: application to iceberg C16 (Ross Sea, Antarctica), 2004-07. Ann. Glaciol., Vol. 49, in press.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-12-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27

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