Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets

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Originator: Zwally, J. and A. Brenner
Publication_Date: 19970101
Title: Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets
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Publication_Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
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Online_Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/NSIDC-0053
Description:
Abstract:
<p><font color="#FF0000">Note: This data set is now on FTP so references to CD-ROM are historic and no longer applicable.</font></p> 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 and 72 degrees North. GEOSAT was launched in 1985 and placed in a nearly identical orbit to Seasat, also at latitudes of between 72 degrees South and 72 degrees North. The orbit was designed to provide high-density measurements over the Earth's surface, at a maximum grid spacing of 2.7 kilometers at the equator and much denser spacing over polar ice sheets. Data were acquired between April 1985 and September 1986. Initially acquired by the Johns Hopkins APL (Applied Physics Lab) satellite tracking facility, the raw altimetry satellite data from Seasat and GEOSAT were passed on to NASA, via the US Navy. NASA developed slope correction routines for the higher slopes over the ice sheets, relative to ocean surfaces. The data are height profile Level 3 data and gridded height Level 4 data provided by the Oceans and Ice branch of the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Physics of Goddard Space Flight Center. Elevations from the full data rate (i.e., one measurement every 662.5 m) are provided in georeferenced databases. These elevations are relative to the WGS-84 ellipsoid. Gridded elevations at 10-kilometer and 20-kilometer spacing are provided in the gridded data sets created from the GEOSAT and Seasat data, respectively. Software to extract and browse subsets of these data is included. The IAS software also allows the user to view contours created from the gridded data and groundtracks of the full-rate data.
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REFERENCE: 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 nsidc@kryos.colorado.edu. 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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Beginning_Date: 19780601
Ending_Date: 19860930
Currentness_Reference:Unknown
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
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West_Bounding_Coordinate: -60.0
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -20.0
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 72.0
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 60.0
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Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER ELEVATION/ICE SHEET ELEVATION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER ELEVATION/ICE SHEET ELEVATION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ICE SHEETS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ICE SHEETS
Theme_Keyword: GEOSAT > GEODETIC SATELLITE
Theme_Keyword: SEASAT 1 > OCEAN DYNAMICS SATELLITE
Theme_Keyword: RADAR ALTIMETERS
Theme_Keyword: EOSDIS > EARTH OBSERVING SYSTEM DATA INFORMATION SYSTEM
Theme_Keyword: ESIP > EARTH SCIENCE INFORMATION PARTNERS PROGRAM
Theme_Keyword: Altimetry
Theme_Keyword: Antarctic
Theme_Keyword: Goddard Space Flight Center
Theme_Keyword: Greenland
Theme_Keyword: Ice Sheets
Theme_Keyword: Nasa
Theme_Keyword: Radar
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Theme_Keyword: GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
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Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > GREENLAND
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
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Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
Address: University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State_or_Province: CO
Postal_Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +1 (303) 492-2468
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nsidc@nsidc.org
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Contact_Organization: NASA/NSIDC_DAAC > NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center
Contact_Person: NSIDC USER SERVICES
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
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Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
Address: University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State_or_Province: CO
Postal_Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +1 (303) 492-2468
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nsidc@nsidc.org
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Contact_Organization: NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact_Person: NSIDC USER SERVICES
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Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
Address: University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State_or_Province: CO
Postal_Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +1 (303) 492-2468
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nsidc@nsidc.org
Resource_Description: NSIDC-0053
Distribution_Liability:
Not Available
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Format_Name: Binary
Format_Name: ASCII Text (.txt)
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http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html
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DATA CENTER URL
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Access_Instructions:
Polar Ice Sheet DEMs and Elevation Data
Fees: Not Available
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 19970101
Metadata_Review_Date: 20140716
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: GCMD User Support Office
Contact_Organization: NASA Global Change Master Directory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Not Available
City: Lanham
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20706
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: Not Available
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gcmduso@gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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