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Giant Icebergs of the Ross Sea, in situ Drift and Weather Measurements, Antarctica, Version 1

During 2001-2006, 6 giant icebergs (B15A, B15J, B15K, C16 and C25) adrift in the southwestern Ross Sea, Antarctica, were instrumented with global positioning system (GPS) receivers, magnetic compasses and automatic weather stations (AWS), to monitor their behavior in the near-coastal environment and to record their exit into the Southern Ocean. The GPS and AWS data were collected on a 20-minute interval, Many of the station data timeseries are continuous for periods of up to 7 years, with icebergs C16 and B15J having the longest records.

The data is considered useful for examining the processes of iceberg drift (and other behaviors) on time scales that are shorter than what is possible through satellite image iceberg tracking. Data are available in comma-delimited ASCII format and Matlab native mat files.

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Temporal Coverage:
  • 2001-01-25 to 2008-06-30
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Sensor(s): MMS
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -60, S: -78, E: 110, W: -178

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Icebergs
  • Sea Ice > Icebergs
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Data Contributor(s): Douglas MacAyeal, Emile Okal, Richard Aster, Jeremy Bassis

We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation. For more information, see Use and Copyright.

MacAyeal, D. R., E. Okal, R. Aster, and J. Bassis. 2008. Giant Icebergs of the Ross Sea, in situ Drift and Weather Measurements, Antarctica, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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