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GPS Ice Flow Measurements, Allan Hills, Antarctica
Entry ID: NSIDC-0507

Abstract: This data set includes includes high-precision GPS measurements of steel poles within the Allan Hills Main Ice Field, Near Western Ice Field, and extending to the eastern edge of the Middle Western Ice Field, in Antarctica. These data were collected between December 1997 and December 2010. The extended survey period allowed for vertical and horizontal velocities to be calculated with low associated error. Parameters include locations of poles in latitude and longitude, as well as elevation, ice velocity, and accumulation rates. Data are available via FTP as ASCII text files in comma separated value (.csv) format. Raw data are also provided as Trimble raw data, compressed in .zip format, and supplementary information is provided in .csv format and portable document format (.pdf).
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -76.67   S: -76.83   E: 159.0   W: 158.25

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Kurbatov, A. V., G. S. Hamilton, V. B. Spikes, and N. Spaulding.
Dataset Title: GPS Ice Flow Measurements, Allan Hills, Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0507
Dataset Release Date: 2011-12-20
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-12-04
Stop Date: 2010-12-19
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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: 31 KB
Distribution Format: PDF

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 44 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text
Phone: +12075812840
Fax: +1207581203
Email: akurbatov at
Contact Address:
Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
City: Orono
Province or State: Maine
Postal Code: 04469
Country: USA
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Spaulding, N. E., V. B. Spikes, G. S. Hamilton, P. A. Mayewski, N. W. Dunbar, R. P. Harvey, J. Schutt, and A. V. Kurbatov. 2012. Updates on Ice Motion and Mass Balance at the Allan Hills Icefield, Antarctica, with Implications for Paleoclimate Reconstructions. Journal of Glaciology. Vol. 58, No. 208, doi:10.3189/2012JoG11J176. Spikes, V. B. 2000. Laser altimetry, mass balance, and meteorites: A two part study of ice streams and blue ice. Master's thesis: Ohio State University.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-12-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23