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Data Set ID: 

MEaSUREs Annual Greenland Outlet Glacier Terminus Positions from SAR Mosaics, Version 1

This data set, part of the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program, provides Greenland outlet glacier terminus positions created from MEaSUREs Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mosaics and Landsat 8 OLI imagery.

See Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) for related data.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Initial release

STANDARD Level of Service

Data: Data integrity and usability verified

Documentation: Key metadata and user guide available

User Support: Assistance with data access and usage; guidance on use of data in tools

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Data Format(s):
  • Shapefile
Spatial Coverage:
N: 83, 
S: 60, 
E: -14, 
W: -75
Spatial Resolution:
  • Varies x Varies
Sensor(s):C-SAR, OLI, SAR
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 February 2017 to 6 April 2017
  • 2 February 2016 to 2 April 2016
  • 21 January 2015 to 31 March 2015
  • 15 January 2013 to 26 March 2013
  • 10 January 2009 to 5 February 2009
  • 22 November 2007 to 30 March 2008
  • 30 December 2006 to 4 February 2007
  • 24 December 2005 to 4 April 2006
  • 30 September 2000 to 23 January 2001
Temporal Resolution1 yearMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Ian Joughin, Twila Moon, Jonah Joughin, Taryn Black

Geographic Coverage

Other Access Options

Other Access Options


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.

Joughin, I., T. Moon, J. Joughin, and T. Black. 2015, 2017. MEaSUREs Annual Greenland Outlet Glacier Terminus Positions from SAR Mosaics, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/DC0MLBOCL3EL. [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using these data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Moon, T. and I. Joughin. 2008. Changes in ice front position on Greenland's outlet glaciers from 1992 to 2007, Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface. 113. Art. #F02022. https://doi.org/10.1029/2007JF000927

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How To

Programmatic Data Access Guide
Data from the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) can be accessed directly from our HTTPS file system or through our Application Programming Interface (API). Our API offers you the ability to order data using specific temporal and spatial filters... read more
Filter and order from a data set web page
Many NSIDC data set web pages provide the ability to search and filter data with spatial and temporal contstraints using a map-based interface. This article outlines how to order NSIDC DAAC data using advanced searching and filtering.  Step 1: Go to a data set web page This article will use the... read more
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