ASPECT - Antarctic sea ice thickness distribution from ship observations collected between 1980 - 2004

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Abstract: Ship observations, collected over the period 1980 - 2004, will be used to determine the regional and seasonal variability of the Antarctic sea ice thickness distribution. The thickness of Antarctic sea ice is not well understood, and cannot be determined from remote sensing, yet it plays an integral role in the climate system and is climatically sensitive. This project aims to establish a baseline of sea ice thickness using data compiled from many different countries, which is required by scientists across many disciplines.

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This work was completed as part of ASAC project 2669 - ASAC_2699.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -60.0   S: -80.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1980-01-01
Stop Date: 2004-12-31
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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Fees: free
Email: a.worby at
Contact Address:
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 80
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Country: Australia
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Brandt R.E., Warren S.G., Worby A.P., Grenfell T.C. (2005), Surface albedo of the Antarctic sea ice zone., Journal of Climate, 17, 18, 3606-3622
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-04-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-11-20
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