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Coastal and Terminus History of the Eastern Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, 1972 - 2011, Version 1

This data set provides a coastline history of the eastern Amundsen Sea Embayment and terminus histories of its outlet glaciers derived from those coastlines. These outlet glaciers include Smith, Haynes, Thwaites, and Pine Island Glaciers. The coastlines were derived from detailed tracing of Landsat imagery between late 1972 and late 2011 (at a scale of 1:50,000). The data set also uses some additional data from other sources. The terminus histories are calculated as the intersections between these coastlines and 1996 flowlines.

Data are available via FTP in ESRI shapefile and comma separated value (.csv) formats.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -74, S: -76, E: -100, W: -110

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1947 to 31 December 1966
  • 1 December 1972 to 30 November 2011
  • 1 January 1992 to 31 December 1998
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
  • Geomorphology > Coastal Landforms/Processes
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glaciers
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
Platform(s) ERS-1, LANDSAT, LANDSAT-5
Sensor(s): CAMERAS, SAR, TM
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
  • ESRI Shapefile
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Joseph MacGregor, Ginny Catania, Michael Markowski, Alan Andrews

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.

MacGregor, J. A., G. Catania, M. Markowski, and A. G. Andrews. 2012. Coastal and Terminus History of the Eastern Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, 1972 - 2011, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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