Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets

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eng; usa

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Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets

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

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Website: http://nsidc.org

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Date Stamp:

2014-08-22

Metadata Standard Name:

ISO 19115 Geographic Information - Metadata First Edition

Metadata Standard Version:

ISO 19115:2003

Dataset URI:

http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0053.html

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Data Identification Information:

Citation:

Citation Information:

Title: Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets
Date:
Date: 1997
Date Type:
Value: publication
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Edition Date: 1997-01-01
Identifier: NSIDC-0053
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
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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

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Value: custodian
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Abstract:

<p><font color="#FF0000">Note: This data set is now on FTP so references to CD-ROM are historic and no longer applicable.</font></p> The Ice Altimetry System (IAS) data seet contains surface elevations of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets derived from Seasat and GEOSAT radar altimetry data. The Seasat data were collected for a continuous 90 days in 1978, at latitudes between 72 degrees South and 72 degrees North. GEOSAT was launched in 1985 and placed in a nearly identical orbit to Seasat, also at latitudes of between 72 degrees South and 72 degrees North. The orbit was designed to provide high-density measurements over the Earth's surface, at a maximum grid spacing of 2.7 kilometers at the equator and much denser spacing over polar ice sheets. Data were acquired between April 1985 and September 1986. Initially acquired by the Johns Hopkins APL (Applied Physics Lab) satellite tracking facility, the raw altimetry satellite data from Seasat and GEOSAT were passed on to NASA, via the US Navy. NASA developed slope correction routines for the higher slopes over the ice sheets, relative to ocean surfaces. The data are height profile Level 3 data and gridded height Level 4 data provided by the Oceans and Ice branch of the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Physics of Goddard Space Flight Center. Elevations from the full data rate (i.e., one measurement every 662.5 m) are provided in georeferenced databases. These elevations are relative to the WGS-84 ellipsoid. Gridded elevations at 10-kilometer and 20-kilometer spacing are provided in the gridded data sets created from the GEOSAT and Seasat data, respectively. Software to extract and browse subsets of these data is included. The IAS software also allows the user to view contours created from the gridded data and groundtracks of the full-rate data.

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, J. and A. Brenner. 1997. Seasat and GEOSAT Altimetry for the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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Point of Contact:

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

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Value: principalInvestigator
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Responsible Party:

Individual Name: Anita Brenner
Organization Name: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Contact:

Contact Address:

Delivery Point: Code 614.5
City: Greenbelt
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Email: anita.brenner@gsfc.nasa.gov

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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

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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

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Descriptive Keywords:

Keywords

Keyword: Continent > Antarctica
Keyword: Continent > North America > Greenland
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Citation Information:

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

Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Cryosphere > Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Cryosphere > Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ice Sheets
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Terrestrial Hydrosphere > Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Terrestrial Hydrosphere > Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ice Sheets
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Keyword: EOSDIS > Earth Observing System Data Information System
Keyword: ESIP > Earth Science Information Partners Program
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Title: NASA / GCMD Project Keywords
Date:
Date: 2008-01-24
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Value: revision
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Keywords

Keyword: Altimetry
Keyword: Antarctic
Keyword: Goddard Space Flight Center
Keyword: Greenland
Keyword: ice sheets
Keyword: NASA
Keyword: Radar
Keyword: Radar Altimetry
Keyword: Satellite Radar Data
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Value: theme
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eng; usa

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Extent Information:

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Bounding Coordinates:

 

Westbound Longitude: -60
Eastbound Longitude: -20
Southbound Latitude: 60
Northbound Latitude: 72

Temporal Element:

Time Period:

Begin Position: 19780601
End Position: 19860930

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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
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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
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Data File Format:

Name: Binary
Specification: FTP

Data File Format:

Name: ASCII Text (.txt)
Specification: FTP

Digital Transfer Options:

Online Transfer Options:

Online Resources:

Linkage: ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/pub/DATASETS/nsidc0053_icesheets_surf_elev_v01/
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Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/nsidc0053_seasat_geosat.gd.html
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Offline Resources:

Name:

Value: onLine
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Medium Name: FTP

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Data Acquisition Information:

Instrument Information:

Instrument:

Name: RADAR ALTIMETERS
Type: sensor

Platform Information:

Platform:

Name: GEOSAT > Geodetic Satellite
Description: satellite
Instrument: RADAR ALTIMETERS

Platform:

Name: SEASAT > Ocean Dynamics Satellite
Description: satellite
Instrument: RADAR ALTIMETERS

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U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)