Data Set ID:

International Ice Patrol Iceberg Drift Tracks, Version 1

The International Ice Patrol (IIP) tracks, plots and predicts iceberg positions in the North Atlantic Ocean. The IIP area of responsibility is 40 to 52 degrees North, 39 to 57 degrees West. During several years (1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, and 1989) individual icebergs were 'tagged' with buoys developed by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center. The motion of the icebergs bearing the USCG buoys were then tracked via satellite. Observation periods range from one week to two years depending on the buoy. The data are stored in the National Oceanographic Data Center format for drifting buoys (format number 156).

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Data Set Tabs

Temporal Coverage:
  • 1977-02-25 to 1989-07-24
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Not specified
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 52, S: 40, E: -39, W: -57

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Icebergs
  • Sea Ice > Icebergs
Data Format(s):
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Data Contributor(s): National Snow and Ice Data Center (comp.).

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National Snow and Ice Data Center (comp.). 1995. International Ice Patrol Iceberg Drift Tracks, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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