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Airborne Laser Altimetry of the Thwaites Glacier Catchment, West Antarctica
Entry ID: NSIDC-0334

Abstract: This data set includes airborne altimetry collected over the catchment and main trunk of Thwaites Glacier, one of Antarctica's most active ice streams. The airborne altimetry comprises 35,000 line-kilometers sampled at 20 meters along track. The full dataset has an internal error of �20 cm; a primary subset has an error of �8 cm. We find a +20 cm bias with Geoscience Laser Altimeter System data over a flat interior region. These data will serve as an additional temporal reference for the evolution of Thwaites Glacier surface, as well as aid the construction of future high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM). Line data are available in space-delimited ASCII format and are available via FTP.
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  N: -75.0   S: -80.0   E: -95.0   W: -130.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Young, D. A., S. D. Kempf, D. D. Blankenship, J. W. Holt, and D. L. Morse.
Dataset Title: Airborne Laser Altimetry of the Thwaites Glacier Catchment, West Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0334
Dataset Release Date: 2008-01-01
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: 2004-12-10
Stop Date: 2005-01-29
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Quality The Quality flag (either 'PRIMARY' or 'SECONDARY') indicates whether the (root mean square)RMS crossovers values of the data was low enough to allow it to influence other data during leveling, or whether it should attempt to level to other data.
Use Constraints If these data are used in a publication, they should be cited using the following reference: Young, D. A., S. D. Kempf, D. D. Blankenship, J. W. Holt, and D. L. Morse (in press), New airborne laser altimetry over the Thwaites Glacier Catchment, West Antarctica , Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1029/2007GC001935

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Phone: 1-303-492-6199
Fax: 1-303-492-2468
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City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 161 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
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Province or State: Texas
Postal Code: 78758-4445
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Holt, J. W., D. D. Blankenship, D. L. Morse, D. A. Young, M. E. Peters, S. D. Kempf, T. G. Richter, D. G. Vaughan, and H. Corr (2006), New boundary conditions for the West Antarctic ice sheet: Subglacial topography of the Thwaites and Smith Glacier catchments, Geophysical Research Letters, 33(L09502), 10.1029/2005GL025561.

Blankenship, D. D., D. Morse, C. A. Finn, R. E. Bell, M. E. Peters, S. D. ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-01-25