Data Set ID:

Borehole Temperatures at Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, Version 1

This data set is a time series of borehole temperatures at different depths from three thermistor strings deployed in three boreholes drilled through the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, Antarctica.

NSIDC does not archive these data.

  • Sea Ice > Ice Temperature > ICE TEMPERATURE
Data Format(s):
  • MAT
Spatial Coverage:
N: -75.1, 
S: -75.1, 
E: -100.5, 
W: -100.5
Spatial Resolution:
  • 0 to 110
Temporal Coverage:
  • 20 December 2012 to 10 May 2013
Temporal Resolution2 hourMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Martin Truffer, Timothy Stanton

Geographic Coverage

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Detailed Data Description

This data set consists of borehole temperatures from different depths gathered by three thermistor strings, which were deployed in three boreholes drilled through the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, Antarctica. Each string held 16 thermistors along its length spaced at varying distances from each other.


The data are in MATLAB (.mat) format.

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File and Directory Structure

Data are available on the FTP site in the directory. Within this directory, there are three files: tstring1.mat, tstring2.mat, tstring3.mat. Refer to Table 1 for a list of the variables contained in each file.

Table 1. File Variables
Variable Description
tstringTemp n x 16 matrix of calibrated thermistor data in °C
yd 1 x n array of yearday (yyyddd.dddd). (Example: 2013009.5 would represent noon on yearday 9 of 20913.) All times are UT.
dx 1 x 16 array of distance of each thermistor from bottom of string where the bottom of the string is approximately at the ice/water interface. Thermistor 1 is the deepest thermistor.
lbl Label string
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File Size

The files of this data set range from 14.3 to 155 KB.

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The data set has a volume of 374.7 KB.

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Spatial Coverage

The data were collected at Piine Island Glacier, Antarctica (75.1° S 100.5° W). Refer to Figure 1 for Pine Island Glacier's location.

Figure 1. Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica

Spatial Resolution

Spatial resolution varies from 0 to 110 meters.

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Temporal Coverage

Data were collected from 20 Dec 2012 to 10 May 2013.

Temporal Resolution

Temperatures were recorded every two hours.

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Parameter or Variable

Ice temperature (°C)

Sample Data Record

Refer to Figure 2 for an example of the data.

Figure 2. Sample data
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Software and Tools

The MATLAB files can be accessed using MATLAB software.

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Data Acquisition and Processing

Data Acquisition Methods

Three boreholes were drilled using hot water, and a thermistor string was deployed in each borehole. Each thermistor string held 16 thermistors. Thermistor strings 1 and 3 were placed at Pine Island Glacier Site A, and string 2 at Site B.

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Contacts and Acknowledgments

Dr. Martin Truffer
University of Alaska Fairbanks
903 Koyukuk Dr.
Fairbanks, AK 99775 U. S.

Timothy Stanton
Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle
Monterrey, CA 93943 U. S.


This research was funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant number 0732730.

Document Information

Document Creation Date

09 July 2015

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