Data Set ID:

GPS Ice Flow Measurements, Allan Hills, Antarctica, Version 1

This data set includes includes high-precision GPS measurements of steel poles within the Allan Hills Main Ice Field, Near Western Ice Field, and extending to the eastern edge of the Middle Western Ice Field, in Antarctica. These data were collected between December 1997 and December 2010. The extended survey period allowed for vertical and horizontal velocities to be calculated with low associated error. Parameters include locations of poles in latitude and longitude, as well as elevation, ice velocity, and accumulation rates.

Data are available via FTP as ASCII text files in comma separated value (.csv) format. Raw data are also provided as Trimble raw data, compressed in .zip format, and supplementary information is provided in .csv format and portable document format (.pdf).

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -76.66667, S: -76.83333, E: 159, W: 158.25

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
Temporal Coverage
  • 1997-12-04 to 2010-12-19
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Mass Balance/Ice Sheet Mass Balance
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Motion/Ice Sheet Motion
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Motion
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Velocity
  • Snow/Ice
Sensor(s): GPS
Data Format(s):
  • PDF
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Data Contributor(s): Andrei Kurbatov, Vandy Spikes, Gordon Hamilton, Nicole Spaulding

Data Citation

As a condition of using this data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Kurbatov, A. V., G. S. Hamilton, V. B. Spikes, and N. Spaulding. 2011. GPS Ice Flow Measurements, Allan Hills, Antarctica, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using this data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Spaulding, N. and et al. 2012. Ice Motion and Mass Balance at the Allan Hills blue-ice area, Antarctica, with Implications for Paleoclimate Reconstructions, Journal of Glaciology. 58. 399-406.

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