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IceBridge ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength, Version 2

This data set contains spot elevation measurements of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, and Greenland, Antarctic Peninsula, and West Antarctic region ice surface acquired using the NASA Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM) instrumentation. The data were collected as part of Operation IceBridge funded aircraft survey campaigns.

Version Summary:

Version 2 data are in HDF5 format beginning with the 2013 Arctic campaign.

Version 1 data are in Qfit binary format for 2012 and earlier campaigns.

  • Qfit data files for all previous campaigns are to be replaced with HDF5 files.
  • The V02 data set title (longname) changes from "IceBridge ATM L1B Qfit Elevation and Return Strength" to "IceBridge ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength".

Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: 60, E: 180, W: -180

  • N: -53, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • Varies x Varies
Temporal Coverage
  • 20 March 2013
(updated 2016)
Temporal Resolution:
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
C-130, DC-8, HU-25C, P-3B
Sensor(s): ATM
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
  • XML
Data Contributor(s): William Krabill

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.

Krabill, W. B. 2013, updated 2016. IceBridge ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength, Version 2. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. [Date Accessed].

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Province or State: CO
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Country: USA