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GLAS/ICESat L1B Global Backscatter Data (HDF5), Version 33

GLAH07 Level-1B global backscatter data are provided at full instrument resolution. The product includes full 532 nm (41.1 to -1.0 km) and 1064 nm (20 to -1 km) calibrated attenuated backscatter profiles at 5 times per second, and from 10 to -1 km, at 40 times per second for both channels. Also included are calibration coefficient values and molecular backscatter profiles at once per second. Data granules contain approximately 190 minutes (2 orbits) of data. Each data granule has an associated browse product.

Version Summary:

For information about Version 33, see the NSIDC ICESat Description of Data Releases page.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 86, S: -86, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 60 m to 70 m x 60 m to 70 m
Temporal Coverage:
  • 20 February 2003 to 11 October 2009
Temporal Resolution: 3 hour
  • Aerosols > Aerosol Backscatter > Aerosol Backscatter Cross Section Profile
  • Atmospheric Radiation > Scattering
  • Topography > Terrain Elevation
Platform(s) ICESAT
Data Format(s):
  • HDF
Version: V33
Data Contributor(s): David Hancock, H. Zwally, Robert Schutz, John Dimarzio

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Zwally, H. J., R. Schutz, D. Hancock, and J. Dimarzio. 2013. GLAS/ICESat L1B Global Backscatter Data (HDF5), Version 33. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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