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Ice Thickness and Surface Elevation, Southeastern Ross Embayment, West Antarctica
Entry ID: NSIDC-0099

Abstract: Ice surface elevation and ice thickness data are available for a portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Ice surface elevations and ice thickness data are derived from laser altimetry and radar sounding results. These data are a result of the Corridor Aerogeophysics of the Southeastern Ross Transect Zone (CASERTZ) experiments of the 1990s. The CASERTZ geophysical surveys were aimed at understanding geological controls on ice streams of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, ultimately to help assess the potential for ice sheet collapse.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -80.0   S: -84.0   E: -104.0   W: -134.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Blankenship, D. D. et al.
Dataset Title: Ice Thickness and Surface Elevation, Southeastern Ross Embayment, West Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0099
Dataset Release Date: 2004-03-17
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: 1991-12-27
Stop Date: 1996-01-02
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Data Center
NSIDC Antarctic Glaciological Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
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: 4000 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text
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4412 Spicewood Springs Rd. #600
City: Austin
Province or State: TX
Postal Code: 78759-8500
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Blankenship, D.D., S.D. Kempf, D.L. Morse, M.E. Peters, R.E. Bell, and R.B. Arko, in press. Airborne laser altimetry over the central West Antarctic Ice Sheet. International Archives of ISPRS, Comm 3 (extended abstract). Blankenship, D.D., D.L. Morse, C.A. Finn, R.E. Bell, M.E. Peters, S.D. Kempf, S.M. Hodge, M. Studinger, J.C. Behrendt, and J.M. Brozena, 2001. Geologic controls on the initiation of rapid basal motion for west Antarctic ice streams: A geophysical perspective including new airborne radar sounding and laser altimetry results. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Behavior and Environment. Antarctic Research Series 77, 105-121. Blankenship, D. and R. Bell, 1993. Delving into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Geotimes 38 (8), 12-15.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-03-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-02-16