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Antarctic 5-km Digital Elevation Model from ERS-1 Altimetry
Entry ID: NSIDC-0076

Abstract: This data set provides a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) for Antarctica to 81.5 degrees south latitude, at a resolution of 5 km. Approximately twenty million data points were used to generate this data set. Data points were derived from ERS-1 radar altimetry during the geodetic phase from March 1994 to May 1995.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -65.0   S: -81.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Bamber, J.
Dataset Title: Antarctic 5-km Digital Elevation Model from ERS-1 Altimetry
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0076
Dataset Release Date: 2000-01-01
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: 1994-03-01
Stop Date: 1995-05-31
Data Resolution
Longitude Resolution: 5
Temporal Resolution: 1 day

Temporal Resolution: 1 day

Quality Various methods were applied to improve the accuracy of elevation estimates over the Antarctic ice sheet, including waveform tracking, slope correction, data filtering (tests for return-echo waveform shape, backscatter coefficient, and retracking correction values for each altimeter height estimate), and removal of anomalous orbits.
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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: 39.6 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text
Email: j.l.bamber at
Contact Address:
Bristol Glaciology Centre
School of Geographical Sciences
University Road
City: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
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Bamber, J.L. and R.A. Bindschadler. 1997. An improved elevation dataset for climate and ice-sheet modelling: validation with satellite imagery. Annals of Glaciology 25:438-444. Bamber, J.L. and P. Huybrechts. 1996. Geometric boundary conditions for modelling the velocity field of the Antarctic ice sheet. Annals of Glaciology 23:364-373. Bamber, J. and C. Bentley. 1994. A comparison of satellite-altimetry and ice-thickness measurements of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology 20:357-364. Bamber, J. 1994. A digital elevation model of the Antarctic ice sheet derived from ERS-1 altimeter data and comparison with terrestrial measurements. Annals of Glaciology 20:48-54. Bamber, J. 1994. Ice sheet altimeter processing scheme. International Journal of Remote Sensing 15:925-938.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18