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Ice-physics transect data obtained during the SIPEX II voyage of the Aurora Australis, 2012
Entry ID: SIPEX_II_InSitu_Ice_Physics

Abstract: This dataset contains in situ measurements of ice thickness, snow thickness, and freeboard along transects on the ice-station floes from the SIPEX2012. Ice cores were collected and snow pits were measured at the 0m, 50m and 100m mark along each transect, where possible. Ice temperature measurements are taken in the field as soon as the ice core sections have been recovered from the core hole. ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -64.4   S: -65.4   E: 121.1   W: 117.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Heil, P., Massom, R., Stevens, R., Steer, A. and Hutchings, J.
Dataset Title: Ice-physics transect data obtained during the SIPEX II voyage of the Aurora Australis, 2012
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2018-02-23
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2012-09-27
Stop Date: 2012-09-28
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Quality The snow and sea-ice conditions during SIPEX 2012 proved to be very difficult to conduct full measurement along the ice-physics transects as part of full ice stations. The extensive snow cover and the thick and generally heavily ridged ice were taxing on humans and mechanical equipment, making the 100m transects a time consuming undertaking.

No transect data were collected on stations #1 and #5.

At some occasions where there was unconsolidated ice or incorporated slush measurements could not be obtained.

A substantial component the sea-ice cores were near melting temperature making ice-core recovery and structural analysis difficult. Ice-core conditions made analysis in freezer lab taxing.
Access Constraints These data are publicly available on request to the Australian Antarctic Data Centre. Owing to their size, they are stored offline.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License

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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2013-01-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-02-23