Data Set ID: 
ATL08QL

ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Land and Vegetation Height Quick Look, Version 5

ATL08QL is the quick look version of ATL08. Once final ATL08 files are available the corresponding ATL08QL files will be removed.
ATL08 contains along-track heights above the WGS84 ellipsoid (ITRF2014 reference frame) for the ground and canopy surfaces. The canopy and ground surfaces are processed in fixed 100 m data segments, which typically contain more than 100 signal photons. The data were acquired by the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument on board the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) observatory.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Initial release

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Documentation: Key metadata and comprehensive user guide available

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Parameter(s):
  • LANDSCAPE > Canopy Height
  • LANDSCAPE > TERRAIN ELEVATION
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: 90, 
S: -90, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):ICESat-2
Spatial Resolution:
  • Varies
Sensor(s):ATLAS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 16 April 2022
Version(s):V5
Temporal Resolution91 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Neuenschwander, A. L., K. L. Pitts, B. P. Jelley, J. Robbins, B. Klotz, S. C. Popescu, R. F. Nelson, D. Harding, D. Pederson, and R. Sheridan.

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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.

Neuenschwander, A. L., K. L. Pitts, B. P. Jelley, J. Robbins, B. Klotz, S. C. Popescu, R. F. Nelson, D. Harding, D. Pederson, and R. Sheridan. 2022. ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Land and Vegetation Height Quick Look, Version 5. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/ATLAS/ATL08QL.005. [Date Accessed].

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FAQs on ICESat-2 quick looks
What are ICESat-2 quick looks? The Advanced Topographic Altimeter System (ATLAS) on board the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) collects elevation data over all surfaces spanning the world’s frozen regions, forests, lakes, urban areas, and more. ICESat-2 data has a standard... read more