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Changes in the extent and stability of Antarctic ice shelves prompted NSIDC to begin a monitoring program of the major ice streams and outlet
glaciers along the Antarctic coast. This archive spans back to the late
1980's. We began by using data from the AVHRR Polar 1km data set and in
2001 switched to MODIS level 1B data. Most of the Antarctic coastline is
being monitored year round. This archive is a selected subset of scenes,
generally the clearest and most informative scenes available.
Click on either the AVHRR or the MODIS image below to search
the image archive.
Note: The AVHRR archive contains MODIS data prior
to June 2009.
These data are offered free of charge. You may use these data freely, provided that you cite NSIDC as the source, and provide an acknowledgment in any published papers.
The following example shows how to cite the use of this data set in a publication. List the principal investigators, year of data set release, data set title, dates of the data you used (for example, March to June 2004), publisher: NSIDC, and digital media.
Scambos, T., J. Bohlander, and B. Raup. 1996. Images of Antarctic ice shelves. [dates of data used] Boulder, Colorado, USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media. http://nsidc.org/data/iceshelves_images/
For more information on this data set contact NSIDC User Services.
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