GLAS/ICESat L2 Ocean Surface Altimetry Data

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eng; usa

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Hierarchy Level:

Value: dataset
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Hierarchy Level Name:

GLAS/ICESat L2 Ocean Surface Altimetry Data

Contact:

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC User Services
Organization Name: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 x

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: CIRES, 449 UCB
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Online Resources:

Website: http://nsidc.org

Contact Role:

Value: pointOfContact
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Date Stamp:

2014-10-30

Metadata Standard Name:

ISO 19115 Geographic Information - Metadata First Edition

Metadata Standard Version:

ISO 19115:2003

Dataset URI:

http://nsidc.org/data/gla15.html

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Data Identification Information:

Citation:

Citation Information:

Title: GLAS/ICESat L2 Ocean Surface Altimetry Data
Date:
Date: 2014
Date Type:
Value: publication
CodeList: CI_DateTypeCode
Edition: 34
Edition Date: 2014-06-17
Identifier: GLA15
Identifier: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/ICESAT/GLAS/DATA228
Cited Responsible Party:

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC DAAC User Services
Organization Name: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: National Snow and Ice Data Center
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Online Resources:

Website: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Contact Role:

Value: custodian
CodeList: CI_RoleCode

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC User Services
Organization Name: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: National Snow and Ice Data Center
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Online Resources:

Website: http://nsidc.org

Contact Role:

Value: custodian
CodeList: CI_RoleCode

Abstract:

The Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) instrument on the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) provides global measurements of polar ice sheet elevation to discern changes in ice volume (mass balance) over time. Secondary objectives of GLAS are to measure sea ice roughness and thickness, cloud and atmospheric properties, land topography, vegetation canopy heights, ocean surface topography, and surface reflectivity. GLAS has a 1064 nm laser channel for surface altimetry and dense cloud heights, and a 532 nm lidar channel for the vertical distribution of clouds and aerosols. This level-2 altimetry product (GLA15) provides surface elevations for oceans. Data also include the laser footprint gelocation and reflectance, as well as geodetic, instrument, and atmospheric corrections for range measurements. Each data granule has an associated browse product that users can quickly view to determine the general quality of the data in the granule. Browse products consist of image plots of key parameters and statistics. Data are in scaled integer binary format, big-endian (Unix) byte order, and are available via FTP.

Purpose:

Scientific Research

Credit:

The following example shows how to cite the use of this data set in a publication. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Zwally, H., R. Schutz, C. Bentley, J. Bufton, J. Minster, J. Spinhirne, and R. Thomas. 2014. GLAS/ICESat L2 Ocean Surface Altimetry Data. Version 34. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/ICESAT/GLAS/DATA228.

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Value: complete
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Point of Contact:

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC User Services
Organization Name: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 x

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: CIRES, 449 UCB
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Role:

Value: pointOfContact
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: David Hancock
Organization Name: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: ISIPS Manager
Email: David.W.Hancock@nasa.gov

Contact Role:

Value: pointOfContact
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: H. Jay Zwally
Organization Name: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 301 614-5643

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes
City: Greenbelt
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Email: Jay.Zwally@nasa.gov

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: H. Jay Zwally
Organization Name: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 301 614-5643

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes
City: Greenbelt
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Email: Jay.Zwally@nasa.gov

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Robert Schutz
Organization Name: University of Texas at Austin
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: GLAS Science Team Lead
City: Austin
Administrative Area: TX
Postal Code: 78712-1085
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Charles Bentley
Organization Name: University of Wisconsin
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: Dept. of Geology and Geophysics
City: Madison
Administrative Area: WI
Postal Code: 53706
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Jack Bufton
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
City: Greenbelt
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Thomas Herring
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
City: Cambridge
Administrative Area: MA
Postal Code: 02139
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Jean-Bernard Minster
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: Scripps Institute of Oceanography
City: La Jolla
Administrative Area: CA
Postal Code: 92093
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
CodeList: CI_RoleCode

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: James Spinhirne
Organization Name: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
City: Greenbelt
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
CodeList: CI_RoleCode

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Robert Thomas
Organization Name: Observational Sciences Branch, Wallops Flight Facility, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: EG&G
City: Wallops Island
Administrative Area: VA
Postal Code: 23337
Country: USA

Contact Role:

Value: principalInvestigator
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Maintenance and Update Frequency:

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Value: series
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Value: attribute
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Contact:

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC User Services
Organization Name: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 x

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: CIRES, 449 UCB
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Online Resources:

Website: http://nsidc.org

Contact Role:

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Descriptive Keywords:

Keywords

Keyword: Geographic Region > Global
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Value: place
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Keyword Thesaurus:

Citation Information:

Title: NASA / GCMD Location Keywords
Date:
Date: 2008-02-05
Date Type:
Value: revision
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Keywords

Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Reflectance > Laser Reflectance
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Sea Surface Topography > Sea Surface Height
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Sea Surface Topography > Sea Surface Slope
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Keyword Thesaurus:

Citation Information:

Title: NASA / GCMD Science Keywords
Date:
Date: 2008-02-05
Date Type:
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Keywords

Keyword: ICESAT > Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite
Keyword Type:
Value: theme
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Keyword Thesaurus:

Citation Information:

Title: NASA / GCMD Project Keywords
Date:
Date: 2008-01-24
Date Type:
Value: revision
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Keywords

Keyword: Atmospheric Delay Correction
Keyword: DAAC
Keyword: Dem
Keyword: EOSDIS
Keyword: GLA15
Keyword: GLAS
Keyword: Global Positioning System
Keyword: ICESat
Keyword: ISIPS
Keyword: Laser Footprint
Keyword: Laser Pulse
Keyword: NASA
Keyword: Noise Level
Keyword: NSIDC
Keyword: Off-nadir Pointing Direction
Keyword: Orbit Number
Keyword: Peak Amplitude
Keyword: Precision Attitude Determination
Keyword: Precision Orbit Determination
Keyword: Range
Keyword: Received Energy
Keyword: Received Pulse Gain
Keyword: Sea Surface Elevation
Keyword: Signal Saturation
Keyword: Solar Incidence Angle
Keyword: Transmitted Energy
Keyword: Transmitted Gain
Keyword: Waveform
Keyword: Waveform Kurtosis
Keyword: Waveform Peak
Keyword: Waveform Skewness
Keyword Type:
Value: theme
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Use Constraints : none

Language:

eng; usa

Character Set:

Value: UTF8
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Topic Category:

Value: elevation
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Extent Information:

Spatial Temporal Extent:

Geographic Element:

Bounding Coordinates:

 

Westbound Longitude: -180
Eastbound Longitude: 180
Southbound Latitude: -86
Northbound Latitude: 86

Temporal Element:

Time Period:

Begin Position: 20030220
End Position: 20091011

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Distribution Information:

Distributor Information:

Distributor Contact:

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC DAAC User Services
Organization Name: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: National Snow and Ice Data Center
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Online Resources:

Website: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Contact Role:

Value: custodian
CodeList: CI_RoleCode

Responsible Party:

Individual Name: NSIDC User Services
Organization Name: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Contact:

Contact Phone:

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: National Snow and Ice Data Center
City: Boulder
Administrative Area: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org

Contact Online Resources:

Website: http://nsidc.org

Contact Role:

Value: custodian
CodeList: CI_RoleCode

Distribution Format(s):

Data File Format:

Name: Binary
Specification: FTP 279 MB

Digital Transfer Options:

Online Transfer Options:

Online Resources:

Linkage: ftp://n5eil01u.ecs.nsidc.org/SAN/GLAS/GLA15.034
Description: Data Access URL
Function:

Value: download
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Function:

Value:
CodeList: CI_OnLineFunctionCode

Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/glas_icesat_l1_l2_global_altimetry.gd.html
Description: Documentation URL
Function:

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Offline Transfer Options:

Offline Resources:

Name:

Value: onLine
CodeList: MD_MediumNameCode
Density: 279
Density Units: B
Medium Name: FTP

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Data Acquisition Information:

Instrument Information:

Instrument:

Name: ALTIMETERS
Type: sensor

Instrument:

Name: GLAS > Geoscience Laser Altimeter System
Type: sensor

Platform Information:

Platform:

Name: ICESAT > Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite
Description: satellite
Instrument: N/A

Platform:

Name: SATELLITES
Description: satellite
Instrument: N/A

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