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Millennially Averaged Accumulation Rates for Lake Vostok, Version 1

This data set consists of inferred accumulation rates from three radar layers (26, 35 and 41 thousand years old) in the Vostok Subglacial Lake region. Accumulation rates were inferred using Local-Layer Approximation (LLA), which assumes that the strain-rate history of a particle traveling through the ice sheet can be approximated by the vertical strain-rate profile at the current position of the particle, which the researchers assume to be uniform. Parameters include location, in latitude and longitude, polar stereographic coordinates, and local grid X and Y coordinates, along with layer age, in thousands of years (ka), and inferred accumulation rate (cm/a). The data cover a 150 by 350 km area.

Data are available via FTP, as a text file (.txt) with columns in comma separated value format.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -75.7, S: -79.1, E: 80.5, W: 68.4

Spatial Resolution:
  • 1.5 km x 1.5 km
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-09-29 to 2012-09-26
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ablation Zones/Accumulation Zones
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ice Sheets
  • Radar
  • Snow/Ice
Sensor(s): RADAR
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Data Contributor(s): Joseph MacGregor, Kenichi Matsuoka, Michael Studinger, Edwin Waddington, Dale Winebrenner

Data Citation

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MacGregor, J. A., K. Matsuoka, M. S. Studinger, E. D. Waddington, and D. Winebrenner. 2011. Millennially Averaged Accumulation Rates for Lake Vostok, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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