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Antarctic 5-km Digital Elevation Model from ERS-1 Altimetry

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Identification Information:

Dataset Identifier:

NSIDC-0076

Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Jonathan Bamber
Publication Date: 20000101
Title: Antarctic 5-km Digital Elevation Model from ERS-1 Altimetry
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0076.html

Description:

Abstract:

This data set provides a digital elevation model (DEM) for Antarctica to 81.5 degrees south latitude, at a resolution of 5 km. Approximately twenty million data points were used to generate this data set. Data points were derived from ERS-1 radar altimetry during the geodetic phase from March 1994 to May 1995. The improved density in coverage and resolution, compared with past satellite altimetry missions, provides better detection of topographic detail such as surface undulations, ice streams, grounding zones, and interstream ridges. DEM data are in a polar stereographic projection with the origin at the south pole, and are referenced to the OSU91A geoid.

The ERS-1 satellite radar altimeter measurements are highly useful for determining precise ice sheet elevations in Antarctica. The orthometric heights derived from the ERS-1 data contribute to a more accurate and complete mapping of the Antarctic Ice Sheets than previously possible, and therefore to ongoing studies of ice mass balance studies in Antarctica.

The DEM is provided as a single ASCII text file, accessible by ftp. Data access is unrestricted, but we recommend that users register with us. Registered users automatically receive e-mail notification of product updates and changes to processing.

Purpose: scientific research

Documentation:

User's Guide:

Citation Information:

Originator: Jonathan Bamber
Publication Date: 20000101
Title: Antarctic 5-km Digital Elevation Model from ERS-1 Altimetry
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/nsidc0076_antarctic_5km_dem.gd.html

Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Range of Dates/Times:

Beginning Date: 19940301
Ending Date: 19950531

Currentness Reference: publication date

Status:

Progress: Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency: Unknown

Spatial Domain:

Bounding Coordinates:

 

West Bounding Coordinate: -180°
East Bounding Coordinate: 180°
North Bounding Coordinate: -65°
South Bounding Coordinate: -81°

Keywords:

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Land Surface Topography Surface Roughness
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Land Surface Topography Topographical Relief
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
Theme Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
Theme Keyword: EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System
Theme Keyword: ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Theme Keyword: RA ERS Radar Altimeter
Theme Keyword: RADAR ALTIMETERS

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
Theme Keyword: ERS-1 European Remote Sensing Satellite-1
Theme Keyword: SATELLITES

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: None
Theme Keyword: Altimetry
Theme Keyword: Antarctic
Theme Keyword: Antarctica
Theme Keyword: DAAC
Theme Keyword: Dem
Theme Keyword: Digital Elevation Model
Theme Keyword: EOSDIS
Theme Keyword: Ice Sheet Elevation
Theme Keyword: ice sheets
Theme Keyword: NASA
Theme Keyword: NSIDC
Theme Keyword: Surface Elevation
Theme Keyword: Topography

Place:

Place Keyword Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
Place Keyword: Continent Antarctica

Access Constraints:

None

Use Constraints:

None

Point of Contact:

Contact Information:

Contact Person Primary:

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

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468 x
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

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Distribution Information:

Distributor:

Contact Information:

Contact Organization Primary:

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

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

Resource Description:

NSIDC-0076

Distribution Liability:

NSIDC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NSIDC makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

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Metadata Reference Information:

Metadata Date:

20131002

Metadata Review Date:

20131002

Metadata Contact:

Contact Information:

Contact Person Primary:

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

Contact Address:

Address Type: mailing
Address:
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado
City: Boulder
State or Province: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Contact Voice Telephone: 1 303 492-6199
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 1 303 492-2468
Contact Electronic Mail Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

Metadata Standard Name:

FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata

Metadata Standard Version:

FGDC-STD-012-2002

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Metadata Views

FGDC Text-Only

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) in plain text

FGDC XML

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) in Extensible Markup Language (XML)

DIF HTML

NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Directory Interchange Format (DIF)

ISO HTML

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115:2003 Geographic Information Metadata