Antarctic Ice Velocity Data

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Thwaites Glacier (Landsat)

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Image Information

The above overview map is a subscene from the USGS 1-km AVHRR mosaic (Ferrigno et al., 1996). Velocity data were derived from the Landsat scenes listed below. To view image data select Velocity Map or Data Set Map, or use the links on the overview image.

Raw Images:
Satellite Image ID # Path/Row Date Acquired
Landsat 4 4004113008802210 04/113 22 January 1988
Landsat 4 4004113009001110 04/113 11 January 1990

Corner coordinates for the Thwaites Glacier reference image:
Number of Lines: 3339
Number of Samples: 5572
Upper Left -74.32865S -107.97045W
Upper Right -75.08478S -103.40552W
Lower Left -75.02472S -105.13742W
Lower Right -75.81693S -105.13742W

Data Set Information and Access

Both image co-registraion and velocity vectors are derived using the IMCORR software developed by Scambos et al. 1992 (see Related Publications). Typical co-registration errors are a few pixels. Because this error is constant for any image pair, it is treated as a systematic error within that image pair. Each cross-correlation match has an additional random error, typically about 0.3-0.5 pixels (Landsat resolution is 28.5 meters per pixel). IMCORR measures velocity as displacement divided by time separation, therefore, velocity errors scale as the inverse of the time interval. However, as time separation between the image pair increases, changes in the ice surface (e.g. crevasses, orientations, dunes, shear strain) result in fewer successful correlations.

While error in speed and error in bearing are reported, a more realistic error estimate is the combination of a systematic error of 1.5 pixels (42.75 meters) divided by time separation and a random error of 0.5 pixels (14.25 meters) divided by time separation. The reported speed and bearing errors are derived from the strength of the IMCORR feature correlation for each vector, and are therefore more related to precision than accuracy.

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