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Antarctic Active Subglacial Lake Inventory from ICESat Altimetry, Version 1

This data set contains lake boundaries, volume changes, and gridded elevations for 124 active subglacial lakes beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Lakes were identified using laser altimetry data obtained from 2003 to 2009 by NASA's Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) mission. The data are provided in Keyhole Markup Language (KML), comma-separated values (CSV), and GEOTiff formats, and are available via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -60, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 1 to 50 x 1 to 50
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-09-01 to 2009-11-01
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
Sensor(s): GLAS
Data Format(s):
  • Keyhole Markup Language (.kml)
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
  • GeoTIFF
Data Contributor(s): Ben Smith, Ian Joughin, Slawek Tulaczyk, Helen Fricker

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.

Smith, B., I. Joughin, S. Tulaczyk, and H. Fricker. 2012. Antarctic Active Subglacial Lake Inventory from ICESat Altimetry, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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