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Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project Digital Elevation Model Version 2

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0082

Summary

The high-resolution Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP) Digital Elevation Model (DEM) combines topographic data from a variety of sources to provide consistent coverage of all of Antarctica. Version 2 improves upon the original version by incorporating new topographic data, error corrections, extended coverage, and other modifications.

The DEM incorporates topographic data from satellite radar altimetry, airborne radar surveys, the recently-updated Antarctic Digital Database (version 2), and large-scale topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Australian Antarctic Division. Data were collected between the 1940s and present, with most collected during the 1980s and 1990s. Although the RAMP DEM was created to aid in processing RAMP radar data, it does not utilize any RAMP radar data.

The 1 km, 400 m, and 200 m DEM data are provided in ARC/INFO and binary grid formats, and the 1 km and 400 m DEMs are also available in ASCII format. Data access is unrestricted, but users should register to receive e-mail notification of product updates and changes in processing.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: -60°     S: -90°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Liu, H., K. Jezek, B. Li, and Z. Zhao
Dataset Title: Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project Digital Elevation Model Version 2
Dataset Release Date: 2001-10-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0082.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1940-01-01
Stop Date: 1999-01-01

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT ANTARCTICA
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION POLAR

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets
  • Land Surface Topography Contours
  • Land Surface Topography Landforms
  • Land Surface Topography Topographical Relief
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets

Ancillary Keywords

  • Aircraft
  • Altimetry
  • Antarctic
  • Antarctica
  • Cartography
  • Contours
  • Cryosphere
  • DAAC
  • Dem
  • digital elevation models
  • EOSDIS
  • ERS-1
  • GIS error detection
  • glaciers
  • Goddard Space Flight Center
  • GPS data
  • Hydrosphere
  • Ice Sheet Elevation
  • ice sheets
  • Islands
  • LANDFORMS
  • Mapping
  • mountains
  • NASA
  • NSIDC
  • NSIDC-0082
  • Radar Altimetry
  • Radar Echo Sounders
  • RADARSAT-1
  • Radarsat Antarctic mapping project
  • RAMP
  • Relief
  • Satellite Radar Data
  • Terrain Elevation
  • Topographic Maps
  • Topography
  • updated
  • Version 2

Platform

  • AIRCRAFT
  • DEM Digital Elevation Model
  • ERS-1 European Remote Sensing Satellite-1
  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS
  • GROUND STATIONS
  • MAPS

Instrument

  • GPS Global Positioning System
  • GPS RECEIVERS
  • RADAR ALTIMETERS

Project

  • RAMP Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project

Quality

The vertical accuracy of the DEM is estimated at about 100-130 m over the rugged mountainous areas, better than 2 m for the ice shelves, better than 15m for the interior ice sheet and about 35 m for the steeper ice sheet perimeter.

Data Set Progress

complete

Originating Center

OH-STATE/BPRC

Data Center

NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

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 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

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 114 MB
Distribution Format: ArcGIS

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 1410 MB
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 25 MB
Distribution Format: ArcGIS

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 330 MB
Distribution Format: ArcGIS

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 352 MB
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 56 MB
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 2649 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 424 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

Hongxing Liu
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Department of Geography
  • Texas A&M University
  • College Station, TX

Kenneth C. Jezek
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Department of Geological Sciences
  • and Byrd Polar Research Center
  • The Ohio State University

City: Columbus
Province or State: OH
Postal Code: 43210

Biyan Li
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • The Byrd Polar Research Center
  • The Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

Zhiyuan Zhao
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • The Byrd Polar Research Center
  • The Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

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

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
The Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP)

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
The Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP)

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Atlas of the Cryosphere

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Polar Ice Sheet DEMs and Elevation Data

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Polar Ice Sheet DEMs and Topographic Data at NSIDC

Reference

Bliss, N.B., L.M. Olsen. 1996. Development of a 30-arc-second digital elevation model of South America. Paper presented at Pecora Thirteen Human Interactions with the Environment - Perspective from Space, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, August 20-22.

Brenner, A.C., R.A. Bindschadler, R.H. Thomas, H.J. Zwally. 1983. Slope-induced errors in radar altimetry over continental ice sheets. Journal of Geophysical Research 88:1617-1623.

Davis C.H., H.J. Zwally. 1993. Geographic and seasonal variations in the surface properties of the ice sheets by satellite radar altimetry. Journal of Glaciology 39:687-697.

ESRI. 1991. ARC/INFO User's Guide: Cell-based modeling with GRID. ESRI Inc.

Gesch, D.B., K.S. Larson. 1996. Techniques for development of global 1-kilometer digital elevation models. Paper presented at Pecora Thirteen Human Interactions with the Environment - Perspective from Space, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, August 20-22.

Hutchinson, M.F. 1989. A new procedure for gridding elevation and stream line data with automatic removal of spurious pits. Journal of Hydrology 106:211-232. Hutchinson, M.F. 1988. Calculation of hydrologically sound digital elevation models. In Proceedings of Third International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling: 117-133. Sydney, Australia.

Jezek, K.C., H. Liu, Z. Zhao, B. Li. Improving a digital elevation model of Antarctica using radar remote sensing data and GIS techniques. Polar Geography 23: 185-200.

Liu, H., K. Jezek, B. Li. 1999. Development of an Antarctic digital elevation model by integrating cartographic and remotely sensed data: A geographic information system based approach. Journal of Geophysical Research 104: 23,199-23,213.

Liu, H. 1999. Development of an Antarctic digital elevation model. Byrd Polar Research Center Report No. 19, 157 pp.

Zwally, H.J., R.A. Bindschadler, A.C. Brenner, T.V. Martin, R.H. Thomas. 1983. Surface elevation contours of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Journal of Geophysical Research 88(C3):1589-1596.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2001-10-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-10-02

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