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ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Along Track Inland Surface Water Data, Version 6
Data set id:
ATL13
DOI: 10.5067/ATLAS/ATL13.006
This is the most recent version of these data.
Version Summary
Changes for Version 6 are as follows:

  • Modified the computations of the deconvolution of subsurface backscatter profile and deconvolution of surface water profile

  • Expanded iteration range of subsurface parameters within deconvolution scheme and added quality flags

  • Added surface quality flags

  • Defined end of partial short segments as the final signal photon

  • To avoid inadvertently capturing subsurface photons associated with bottom reflection and machine error, such photons are further screened and removed from processing using a mirroring approach applied to the water surface

  • Replaced “crossing-number” algorithm with “winding number” algorithm for better determination of ICESat-2 transects within the inland water mask shapes

Overview

This data set (ATL13) contains along-track surface water products for inland water bodies. Inland water bodies include lakes, reservoirs, rivers, bays, estuaries and a 7km near-shore buffer. Principal data products include the along-track water surface height and standard deviation, subsurface signal (532 nm) attenuation, significant wave height, wind speed, and coarse depth to bottom topography (where data permit).
Parameter(s):
ELEVATION
Platform(s):
ICESat-2
Sensor(s):
ATLAS
Data Format(s):
HDF5
Temporal Coverage:
13 October 2018 to present
Temporal Resolution:
  • 91 day
Spatial Resolution:
  • Not Specified
Spatial Reference System(s):
WGS 84
EPSG:4326
Spatial Coverage:
N:
90
S:
-90
E:
180
W:
-180
Blue outlined yellow areas on the map below indicate the spatial coverage for this data set.

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