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Airborne Surface Profiling of Alaskan Glaciers, Version 1

This data set consists of glacier outline, laser altimetry profile, and surface elevation change data for 46 glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia, Canada, measured with an airborne laser altimetry system. Six glaciers in the Alaska Range of central Alaska, two glaciers in the Wrangell Mountains of southcentral Alaska, 11 glaciers in the Chugach Mountains of southcentral Alaska, five glaciers in the Chigmit Mountains of southcentral Alaska, 13 glaciers in the Kenai Mountains of southcentral Alaska (comprising the Harding Icefield), one glacier in the St. Elias Mountains of southeast Alaska, one glacier in the Takhinsha Mountains of southeast Alaska, and seven glaciers in the Coast Mountains of southeast Alaska and British Columbia were profiled between 1994 and 2001. Surface elevation profiles are accurate to about 0.3 m. Long-term elevation changes can be estimated by comparison of these profiles with existing maps.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 61.5, S: 57, E: -132.33, W: -149.25

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 May 1994 to 30 June 1996
(updated 2004)
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glaciers
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ice Sheets
Platform(s) AIRCRAFT
Data Format(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Keith Echelmeyer, Virginia Valentine, Sandra Zirnheld

Data Citation

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Echelmeyer, K. A., V. B. Valentine, and S. L. Zirnheld. 2002, updated 2004. Airborne Surface Profiling of Alaskan Glaciers, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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