Hydrologic Sub-basins of Greenland

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0371

Summary

The Hydrologic Sub-basins of Greenland data set contains Geographic Information System (GIS) polygon shapefiles that include 293 hydrologic sub-basins of the Greenland Ice Sheet, as created by Lewis and Smith (2009). Five km Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) of ice-surface and bedrock topography (Bamber et al. 2001) were used to estimate the hydraulic potentiometric surface for Greenland, which accounts for the effects of ice overburden pressure, such as hydrostatic pressure, surface topography, and underlying bedrock topography (Paterson 1994). Using the 5 km potentiometric grid, a modeled basin network for Greenland's ice sheet was created using the hydrological tools within ESRI ArcGIS (ArcInfo 9.2). Although the GIS initially generated more than 293 basins, basins less than 100 km2 in size, as well as basins located completely outside of the ice sheet extent, were removed from the data set. Data are available via FTP, and can be read in any GIS software. The following journal article provides documentation for this data set: Lewis, Sarah and Laurence Smith. 2009. Hydrologic Drainage of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Hydrological Processes DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7343. This journal article can be accessed from the Documentation link at the top of this Web page.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 85.57962°     S: 59.25085°     E: -6.7577°     W: -80.9178°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Sarah Lewis
Dataset Title: Hydrologic Sub-basins of Greenland
Dataset Release Date: 2009-06-05
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0371.html

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA GREENLAND

Science Keywords

  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Surface Water Discharge/Flow
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Surface Water Drainage
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Surface Water Runoff

Ancillary Keywords

  • Greenland
  • PARCA

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Inland Waters

Project

  • NSIDC_CCAWS Cryospheric Change Analysis Web Services

Data Set Progress

complete

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: 1 - 253 KB
Distribution Format: ESRI Shapefiles (.shp, .shx, .dbf, and .prj)

Personnel

Sarah Lewis
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: sarahlewis@berkeley.edu
Contact Address:

  • UCLA Berkeley
  • Geography Department
  • 122 Mulford Hall #3114

City: Berkeley
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94720-3114
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
PARCA Product Web Site

Reference

Bamber, J. L., R. L. Layberry, and S. P. Gogenini. 'A new ice thickness and bed data set for the Greenland ice sheet 1: Measurement, data reduction, and errors,' Journal of Geophysical Research, 106: (D24) 33,773-33,780, 2001. Lewis, S., L. Smith. Hydrologic Drainage of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Hydrological Processes, 2009. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7343

Paterson WSB. 1994. The Physics of Glaciers, 3rd edn. Pergamon Press: Oxford.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2009-06-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-10-02

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