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Airborne Surface Profiling of Alaskan Glaciers

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Entry ID

G01378

Summary

This data set consists of glacier outline, laser altimetry profile, and surface elevation change data for 46 glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia, Canada, measured with an airborne laser altimetry system. Six glaciers in the Alaska Range of central Alaska, two glaciers in the Wrangell Mountains of southcentral Alaska, 11 glaciers in the Chugach Mountains of southcentral Alaska, five glaciers in the Chigmit Mountains of southcentral Alaska, 13 glaciers in the Kenai Mountains of southcentral Alaska (comprising the Harding Icefield), one glacier in the St. Elias Mountains of southeast Alaska, one glacier in the Takhinsha Mountains of southeast Alaska, and seven glaciers in the Coast Mountains of southeast Alaska and British Columbia were profiled between 1994 and 2001. Surface elevation profiles are accurate to about 0.3 m. Long-term elevation changes can be estimated by comparison of these profiles with existing maps.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 61.5°     S: 57°     E: -132.33°     W: -149.25°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Echelmeyer, K. A., V. B. Valentine, and S. L. Zirnheld.
Dataset Title: Airborne Surface Profiling of Alaskan Glaciers
Dataset Release Date: 2002-01-01updated 2004
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g01378.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5RF5RZJ

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1994-05-01
Stop Date: 1996-06-30

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALASKA

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets

Ancillary Keywords

  • airborne surface profiling
  • Alaska
  • Baird glacier
  • Bear Lake glacier
  • Chugach Mountains
  • Coast Mountains
  • Columbia glacier
  • elevation change
  • Glacier
  • glacier outline
  • glacier profile
  • laser altimetry
  • LeConte glacier
  • Lemon Creek glacier
  • Mendenhall glacier
  • Surface Elevation
  • Tazlina glacier
  • Wolverine glacier
  • Worthington glacier

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
  • Elevation
  • Geoscientific Information

Platform

  • AIRCRAFT

Instrument

  • ALTIMETERS
  • GPS Global Positioning System

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP

Personnel

Keith A. Echelmeyer
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: kechel@gi.alaska.edu
Contact Address:

  • Geophysical Institute
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

City: Fairbanks
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775

Virginia B Valentine
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: by@gi.alaska.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Geophysical Institute
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

City: Fairbanks
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775

Sandra L. Zirnheld
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 907 474-7455
Fax: 1 907 474-7290
Email: slz@gi.alaska.edu
Contact Address:

  • Geophysical Institute
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks

City: Fairbanks
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775

Sandra L. Zirnheld
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 907 474-7455
Fax: 1 907 474-7290
Email: slz@gi.alaska.edu
Contact Address:

  • Geophysical Institute
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks

City: Fairbanks
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Reference

Echelmeyer, K.A., W.D. Harrison, C.F. Larsen, J. Sapiano, J.E. Mitchell, J. DeMallie, B. Rabus, G. Adalgeirsdottir, and L. Sombardier. 1996. Airborne Surface Profiling of Glaciers: a Case-Study in Alaska. J. Glaciol., 42, 142:538-546.

Sapiano, J.J., W.D. Harrison, and K.A. Echelmeyer. 1998. Elevation, Volume and Terminus Changes of Nine Glaciers in North America. J. Glaciol., 44, 146:119-135.

Arendt, A.A., K.A. Echelmeyer, W.D. Harrison, C.S. Lingle, and V.B. Valentine. 2002. Rapid Wastage of Alaska Glaciers and Their Contribution to Rising Sea Level. Science, 297:382-386.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2002-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-03-07

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