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Temperature of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0537

Summary

This data set contains temperature-depth profile measurements taken in 22 boreholes drilled on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which exhibit two distinctly different thermal states of basal ice: a warm state and a relatively colder state. The data are available in ASCII Text Format (.txt) and Portable Document Format (PDF) via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: -81.07364°     S: -83.679167°     E: -135.825278°     W: -148.808333°     Min Depth: 908.4 meters     Max Depth: 1191.8 meters

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Engelhardt, H.
Dataset Title: Temperature of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Dataset Release Date: 2013-06-13
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0537.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5PN93J8

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1988-01-01
Stop Date: 2001-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT ANTARCTICA

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Ice Sheets

Ancillary Keywords

  • Alley Ice Stream
  • Bindschadler Ice Stream
  • Engelhardt Ridge
  • Kamb Ice Stream
  • Raymond Ridge
  • Simple Dome
  • Unicorn
  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Whillans Ice Stream

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS

Instrument

  • THERMISTORS

Project

  • NSF/OPP Division of Polar Programs, Antarctic Research, Glaciology

Data Set Progress

complete

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: FTP
Distribution Size: 40 KB
Distribution Format: PDF

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 18 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

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

Hermann Engelhardt
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 3 016 893405 x
Email: engel@caltech.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Maryland
  • Center of Environmental Sciences
  • 301 Braddock Road

City: Frostburg
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 21532-2307
Country: USA

Reference

Engelhardt, Hermann and Barclay Kamb. 1993. Vertical Temperature Profile of Ice Stream B. Antarctic J. U.S., 28(5),63-66.

Engelhardt, Hermann, Neil Humphrey, Barclay Kamb and Mark Fahnestock. 1990. Physical Conditions at the Base of a Fast Moving Antarctic Ice Stream. Science 248, 57-59.

Engelhardt, Hermann. 2004a. Ice Temperature and High Geothermal Heat Flux at Siple Dome, West Antarctica, from Borehole Measurements. J. Glaciol. 50(169), 251-256.

Engelhardt, Hermann. 2004b. Thermal Regime and Dynamics of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Ann. Glaciol. 39, 85-92.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2013-06-13
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-06-13

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

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