Data Set ID:

WAIS Divide Ice Core Images, Antarctica, Version 1

This data set is comprised of optical images of ice core sections, acquired with a digital line-scan camera in the cold room facility at the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL). Ice core sections are archival cuts which have rough-out rounds of ice with a single plane cut along one side. Ice sections were illuminated with fiber optic light guides connected to a 1000 watt (W) xenon light source. Original scan resolution varies from about 0.05 mm to 0.1 mm, and is documented in the metadata for each image. Images are in uncompressed Tagged Image File (.tif) form, with resolutions of 1.0 mm and 0.1 mm. Depth of image in the ice core is documented in the metadata files for each image.

Data are available via FTP as .tif image files. Supporting information is available as ASCII text files (.txt), and other file formats readable with a freely available image processing program, IceImageJ.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Temporal Coverage:
  • 2006-01-01 to 2007-12-30
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Sensor(s): CAMERAS
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -79.466667, S: -79.466667, E: -112.083333, W: -112.083333

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Ice Core Records
  • Visible Wavelengths > Visible Imagery
Data Format(s):
  • TIFF
Data Contributor(s): Kenneth McGwire

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.

McGwire, K. C. 2010. WAIS Divide Ice Core Images, Antarctica, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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