Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) Data Sets

View Catalog Page

Entry ID

NSIDC-0095

Summary

PARCA began in 1993 with the primary goal of measuring and understanding the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Approximately 25 investigations used in situ measurements and satellite and aircraft remote sensing to study this issue. Measurements include surface elevation and ice thickness change rates from aircraft laser altimetry, shallow to intermediate ice cores (for average accumulation rates and their temporal and spatial variability), velocity around the ice-sheet perimeter at an elevation of about 2000 meters, local ice thickening/thinning rates, and climatological observations from automatic weather stations. Satellite data used include elevation change from radar altimetry; mapping of snow facies and zones of summer melt from passive and active microwave; ice velocities from interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and from repeat high-resolution visible and SAR imagery; mapping surface and 10-m temperatures, accumulation rates, and surface albedo from microwave and AVHRR data.

Data are available either by FTP or through investigator Web sites. Questions about investigator data should be directed to the individual technical contacts responsible for each data set. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) provides summaries and links to these data as a service to our users.

Data Set Citation

Dataset Title: Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) Data Sets
Dataset Release Date: 2003-05-14
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0095.html

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA GREENLAND
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION ARCTIC

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Pressure
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Incoming Solar Radiation
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Net Radiation
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Reflectance
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Solar Radiation
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Air Temperature
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Surface Air Temperature
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Water Vapor Humidity
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Winds Surface Winds
  • Atmosphere Precipitation Precipitation Amount
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ablation Zones/Accumulation Zones
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Ice Growth/Melt
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Ice Velocity
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Cover
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Density
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Depth
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow/Ice Temperature
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Melt
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Water Equivalent
  • Land Surface Surface Radiative Properties Reflectance
  • Land Surface Topography Landforms
  • Land Surface Topography Surface Roughness
  • Land Surface Topography Terrain Elevation
  • Land Surface Topography Topographical Relief
  • Land Surface Topography Topographic Effects
  • Spectral/Engineering Radar Radar Backscatter
  • Spectral/Engineering Radar Radar Imagery
  • Spectral/Engineering Radar Return Power
  • Spectral/Engineering Radar Sigma Naught
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ablation Zones/Accumulation Zones
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Ice Growth/Melt
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Ice Velocity
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Cover
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Density
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Depth
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow/Ice Temperature
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Melt
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Water Equivalent

Project

  • EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System
  • ESIP Earth Science Information Partners Program
  • PARCA Program in Arctic Regional Climate Assessment

Data Set Progress

in work

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: Online (HTTP)

Personnel

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
Access to PARCA data sets

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Snow Water Equivalent Field Measurements

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2003-05-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-11-14

Metadata Views

DIF Text-Only

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in plain text

DIF XML

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in Extensible Markup Language (XML)

FGDC HTML

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

ISO HTML

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

Back to Top