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Earth gravity field for ice thickness data: LGB traverses 1989-95
Entry ID: LGB_Gra_traverse


Summary
Abstract: The Lambert Glacier Basin (LGB) series of five oversnow traverses were conducted from 1989-95. LaCoste and Romberg gravity meters were used to record measurements of the Earth's gravity field approximately every 2 km along the 2014 km main traverse route from LGB00 (68.6543 S, 61.1201 E) near Mawson Station, to LGB72 (69.9209 S, 76.4933 E) near Davis Station. Gravity readings were also obtained at 5 km intervals along a 516 km upper western offset track (50 km parallel upslope from main route) from LGBUW485 (68.6458 S, 60.0272 E) to LGBUW000 (72.6508 S, 55.9275 E).

Raw data were stored as meter readings in field notebooks, transferred manually to spreadsheet files (MS Excel). Processed data were stored in spreadsheet files (MS Excel). The data available at the url below are stored in various formats.

Summary data (2 km spatial resolution) can be obtained from CRC Research Note No.27 'Ice Thicknesses and Surface and Bedrock Elevations from the Lambert Glacier Basin Traverses 1990-95'.

Documents providing archive details of the logbooks are available for download from the provided URL.

This work was completed as part of ASAC projects 3 and 2216.

Logbook(s):
- Gravity Meter Log 89/90
- LGBT Gravity #2 1992-93
- Glaciology Gravity Readings LGBT 1990-91

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Geographic Coverage
 N: -69.0 S: -77.0  E: 78.0  W: 54.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Creator: Allison, I.
Dataset Title: Earth gravity field for ice thickness data: LGB traverses 1989-95
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2012-04-13
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Division
Version: 1
Online Resource: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/metadata_redirect.cfm?md=/AMD...


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1989-11-01
Stop Date: 1995-02-28


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > Lambert Glacier
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >GLACIERS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]


Instrument
GRAVIMETERS    [Information]


Quality
The dataset is complete on a 2 km spatial resolution along the entire 2014 km of main LGB traverse route. The 5 km spatial resolution data along the north-west parallel offset route has not been processed. LaCoste and Romberg Model-G gravity meters were used to take field readings at a 2 km spatial resolution around the 2014 km of main LGB traverse route in Kemp Land, and at 5 km spatial resolution along 516 km of parallel offset (50 km upslope) route in the north-west corner of the basin. Reference readings to determine instrument tares and drift were taken (where possible) at the principal closure site for the traverse work (over a small brass plaque stamped 'BMR 7499.0160') in the Mt. Nelson seismic vault owned and maintained for Geoscience Australia (GA) by the Geology Department of the University of Tasmania. Where possible a second standard reading was taken immediately prior to departure on the Australian National Gravity Network Station ('ANGN 6491.0260') at Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, Tasmania. Raw gravity readings were converted to standard milligal units using lookup conversion tables calibrated for each instrument. The following corrections were then made to each reading: tare-drift from reference closure readings; an earth tide correction from standard algorithm; a free air correction to compensate for height above the geoid (using geographic location and elevations constrained by nearby geodetic GPS survey); and a latitude correction (latitude again GPS constrained). Fully adjusted gravity values were used to interpolate across ice thickness gaps in radio-echo sounding (RES) data using the standard Bouguer Anomaly formulae. The data have been constrained by repeat measurement at standard closure sites and by repeat field measurement over several sections of traverse track. Since the data have been used in differential mode (difference between readings 2 km apart) to interpolate across RES data gaps much of the gross errors were cancelled out in the analysis. Geographic locations for gravity readings were navigational GPS (30-100 m accuracy) constrained to overnight LGB station geodetic GPS fixes (1-5 m horizontal) every 30 km along the main traverse route, and of similar accuracy for the north-west parallel offset line.


Access Constraints
The data are available from the provided URL. Documents providing archive details of the logbooks are also available for download from the provided URL. The physical documents are catalogued under record number b15/109 in the Australian Antarctic Division records store.


Use Constraints
This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=LGB_Gra_... when using these data.


Keywords
ANTARCTICA
GLACIER
ICE THICKNESS


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
Australian Antarctic Division


Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Name: DATA OFFICER AADC
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia



Distribution
Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 4,435 KB
Fees: free

Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 34 KB
Distribution_Format: pdf
Fees: free


Personnel
IAN ALLISON
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia


DAVE J. CONNELL
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: dave.connell at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia


Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-12-05



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