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Ice Thickness and Surface Elevation, Southeastern Ross Embayment, West Antarctica
Entry ID: NSIDC-0099

Abstract: Ice surface elevation and ice thickness data are available for a portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The investigators utilized a laser altimeter and ice-penetrating radar mounted to a Twin Otter aircraft to survey the ice sheet. Ice surface elevations and ice thickness data, derived from laser altimetry and radar sounding results, are available in ASCII format via ftp. These data are a ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -80.0   S: -84.0   E: -104.0   W: -134.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Blankenship, D. D. et al.
Dataset Title: Ice Thickness and Surface Elevation, Southeastern Ross Embayment, West Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0099
Dataset Release Date: 2004-03-17
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1991-12-27
Stop Date: 1996-01-02
ISO Topic Category
Aircraft Ancillary Description
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
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 4000 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text
Phone: (512) 471-0489
Fax: (512) 471-8844
Email: blank at
Contact Address:
J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Bldg. 196 | 10100 Burnet Rd.
City: Austin
Province or State: TX
Postal Code: 78758
Country: USA
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Blankenship, D.D., S.D. Kempf, D.L. Morse, M.E. Peters, R.E. Bell, and R.B. Arko, in press. Airborne laser altimetry over the central West Antarctic Ice Sheet. International Archives of ISPRS, Comm 3 (extended abstract). Blankenship, D.D., D.L. Morse, C.A. Finn, R.E. Bell, M.E. Peters, S.D. Kempf, S.M. Hodge, M. Studinger, J.C. Behrendt, and J.M. Brozena, 2001. Geologic controls on the initiation of rapid basal motion for west Antarctic ice streams: A geophysical perspective including new airborne radar sounding and laser altimetry results. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Behavior and Environment. Antarctic Research Series 77, 105-121. Blankenship, D. and R. Bell, 1993. Delving into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Geotimes 38 (8), 12-15.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-03-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-10-04

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