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McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Core Glacier Mass Balance Data, Antarctica

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0421

Summary

As part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, a systematic sampling program has been undertaken to monitor mass balance of the Taylor Valley glaciers. Data were collected from the Canada, Commonwealth, Howard, Hughes, Suess and Taylor glaciers, located in the Taylor Valley of Antarctica. Monitoring the changes in these measurements over time provides a record of mass balance, and aids in determining the role of glaciers in the polar hydrologic cycle.

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants: OPP 9211773 (1993-1998), OPP 9813061 (1998-1999), OPP 9810219 (1999-2000), OPP 0096250 (2000-2005) and ANT-0423595 (2006-current).

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: -77.3°     S: -78.08°     E: 163.03°     W: 161.04°    

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Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Andrew Fountain
Dataset Title: McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Core Glacier Mass Balance Data, Antarctica
Dataset Release Date: 2009-08-31
Dataset Release Place: Columbus, Ohio USA
Dataset Publisher: BPRC: Byrd Polar Research Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0421.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1993-01-01
Stop Date: 2009-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT ANTARCTICA
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION POLAR

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ablation Zones/Accumulation Zones
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Mass Balance/Ice Sheet Mass Balance
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Motion/Ice Sheet Motion
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Density
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Density

Ancillary Keywords

  • Antarctic
  • Antarctica
  • Byrd Polar Research Center
  • Glacier
  • Glacier Surface
  • Ice Cores
  • Mass Balance
  • Office of Polar Programs
  • Polar
  • Snow Density
  • Snow Depth
  • Taylor Glacier

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • FIELD INVESTIGATION
  • FIELD SURVEYS
  • LABORATORY

Instrument

  • SNOW DENSITY CUTTER

Data Set Progress

complete

Originating Center

AGDC

Data Center

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

Antarctic Glaciological Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/agdc/

Data Center Personnel

Name: AGDC User Services
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

Distribution

Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)

Personnel

Andrew G. Fountain
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 503 725-3386
Fax: 1 503 725-3025
Email: andrew@pdx.edu
Contact Address:

  • Portland State University
  • Department of Geology

City: Portland
Province or State: OR
Postal Code: 97207
Country: USA

W. Berry Lyons Lyons
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 614 292-4697
Phone: 1 614 688-3241
Fax: 1 614 292-4697
Email: lyons.142@osu.edu
Contact Address:

  • Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University
  • Department of Geological Sciences
  • 1090 Carmack Road

City: Columbus
Province or State: Ohio
Postal Code: 43210-1002
Country: USA

Thomas Nylen
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 503 725-3355
Email: bjtn@odin.pdx.edu
Contact Address:

  • Portland State University
  • Department of Geology

City: Portland OR
Postal Code: 97207-0751
Country: USA

Hassan Basagic
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: basagic@pdx.edu
Contact Address:

  • Portland State University
  • Department of Geology

City: Portland
Province or State: Oregon
Postal Code: 97207-0751
Country: USA

Paul Langevin
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • U.S. Geological Survey

City: Denver
Province or State: Colorado
Postal Code: 80225
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER)

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Program Glacier Data web page

Reference

Doran P. T., McKay C. P., Clow G. D., Dana G. L., Fountain A. G., Nylen T., and W. B. Lyons. 2002. Valley floor climate observations from the MrcMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, 1986-2000, Journal of Geophysical Research, 107, 1-12, DOI: 10.1029/2001JD002045

Doran P. T., Priscu J. C., Lyons W. B., McKnight D. M., Fountain A. G., Virginia R. A.,Wall D. H., Parsons A. N., McKay C. P., Clow G. D., Moorhead D. L., and C. H. Fritsen. 2002. Antarctic climate cooling and terrestrial ecosystem response, Nature, 415: 517-520.

Doran, Peter T., Gayle L. Dana, Jordan T. Hastings and Robert A. Wharton, Jr. 1995. McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER): LTER automatic weather network (LAWN), Antarctic Journal of the United States, 30 (5): 276-280.

Hoffman, M. J., Fountain, A. G., and G. E. Liston. 2008. Surface energy balance and melt thresholds over 11 years at Taylor Glacier, East Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F04014, doi:10.1029/2008JF001029.

Fountain A. G., Lewis K. J., and P. T. Doran. 1999. Spatial and climatic variations and its control on glacier equilibrium line altitude in Taylor Valley, Antarctica, Global and Planetary Change, 22: 1-10.

Fountain, A. G., Nylen, T. H., MacClune, K. J., G. L. Dana. 2006. Glacier mass balances (1993-2001) Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology, 52(178), 451-462. Fountain, A. G., Nylen, T. H., Monaghan, A., Basagic, H. J. and D. Bromwich. 2009. Snow in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. International Journal of Climatology. Published Online: May 7 2009 9:54AM DOI: 10.1002/joc.1933

Nylen, T., Fountain, A. G., and P. Doran. 2004. Climatology of katabatic winds in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. J. Geophysical Research, 109, D03114, doi10.10292003JD003937, 9p.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2009-08-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-09-11

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