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Ice Draft and Ice Velocity Data in the Beaufort Sea, 1990-2003
Entry ID: G02177

Abstract: This data set provides measurement of sea ice draft (m) and the movement of sea ice (cm/s) over the continental shelf of the Eastern Beaufort Sea. The data set spans April 1990 to September 2003. The data set was acquired to assist in determining the character and recurrence of ice features hazardous to offshore industrial activity, specifically for the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves and the impact of climate variability and change on the Beaufort Sea ice regime. Observations were made using two types of self-contained Upward Looking Sonar (ULS) moored near the sea floor: an Ice Profiling Sonar (IPS) used to obtain ice draft data and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) used to obtain the ice velocity data. The data are provided in ASCII text format and are available via FTP.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 74.15   S: 70.08   E: -125.58   W: -133.83

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Melling, H. and D. A. Riedel.
Dataset Title: Ice Draft and Ice Velocity Data in the Beaufort Sea, 1990-2003
Dataset Series Name: G02177
Dataset Release Date: 2008-09-01
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: 1990-04-01
Stop Date: 2003-09-30
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Data Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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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
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 0.004 - 50 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Phone: +1 250-363-6552
Fax: +1 250-363-6746
Email: melling at
Contact Address:
Institute of Ocean Sciences
9860 West Saanich Road
P.O. Box 6000
City: Sidney
Province or State: BC
Postal Code: V8L-4B2
Country: CANADA
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Amundrud, T., H. Melling and R.G. Ingram. 2004. Geometric constraints on the evolution of ridged sea ice. Journal of Geophysical Research 109, C06005, doi:10.1029/2003JC002251. Amundrud, T.L., H. Melling, R.G. Ingram and S.E. Allen. 2006. The effect of structural porosity on the melting of ridge keels in pack ice. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, C06004, doi:10.1029/2005JC002895. Birch, J.R., ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-09-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18