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Elevation Change of the Southern Greenland Ice Sheet from 1978-88
Entry ID: NSIDC-0223

Abstract: Southern Greenland ice sheet elevation change estimates are derived from SEASAT and GEOSAT radar altimetry data from 1978 to 1988. Data are confined to 61-72 deg N, 30-50 deg W, above 1700 m elevation. The addition of GEOSAT Geodetic Mission (GM) data results in twice as many crossover points and 50% greater coverage than previous studies. Coverage above 2000 m elevation is improved to 90%, and about 75% of the area between 1700 m and 2000 m is now covered. Data are in ASCII text format, available via FTP, and consist of elevation change rate (dH/dt, cm/year) and corresponding error estimates in 50 km grid cells.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 72.0   S: 61.0   E: -30.0   W: -52.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Curt Davis, Craig Kluever, Bruce Haines
Dataset Title: Elevation Change of the Southern Greenland Ice Sheet from 1978-88
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0223
Dataset Release Date: 2001-01-01
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: 1978-01-01
Stop Date: 1988-12-31
Quality Refer to Davis et al. 2000 for details of orbit error analysis with SEASAT and GEOSAT. Comparison with laser dH/dt results and other in-situ data indicates that a typical error value for elevation change estimates in a 50 km cell is approximately +/- 2 cm/yr (Davis et al. 2001).
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Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
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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: 10 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text
Phone: +1 573-884-3789
Fax: +1 573-882-0397
Email: DavisCH at
Contact Address:
University of Missouri at Columbia
323 EBW
City: Columbia
Province or State: MO
Postal Code: 65211
Country: USA
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Davis, C.H., J.R. McConnell, J. Bolzan, J.L. Bamber, R.H. Thomas, and E. Mosley-Thompson. 2001. Elevation change of the southern Greenland ice sheet from 1978 to 1998: interpretation. Journal of Geophysical Research 106(D24): 33743-33754. Davis, C.H., C.A. Kluever, B.J. Haines, C. Perez, and Y. Yoon. 2000. Improved elevation change measurement of the southern Greenland ice sheet from satellite ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18