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Siple Dome Glaciology and Ice Stream History 1994, 1996, Version 1

The Siple Dome Glaciology and Ice Stream History project was part of Western Divide West Antarctic Ice Cores (WAISCORES), an NSF-funded project to understand the influence of the West Antarctic ice sheet on climate and sea level change. WAISCORES researchers acquired and analyzed ice cores from the Siple Dome, in the Siple Coast region, West Antarctica.

This project supported glaciological studies of Siple Dome and its surroundings between Ice Streams C and D, via two major goals. First, it sought to characterize the dynamic environment and ice stratigraphy of Siple Dome and its surroundings, with the specific mission of assessing Siple Dome as a potential deep core site; and second, to determine whether the configuration of ice stream flow in the region has changed over time. Both goals are relevant to understanding the dynamics of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), its history, and potential future behavior.

This project was a collaboration between Saint Olaf College, the University of Washington, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado. It included studies of satellite imagery and acquisition and analysis of field data from GPS, firn cores and snow pits, and ground-based ice-penetrating radar.

Data in this collection were obtained during two Antarctic field seasons in 1994–95 and 1996–97. The data set is available via FTP as Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (.xls) and ASCII tab delimited (.txt) files. Related notes are available as a Microsoft Word (.doc) or text (.txt) file. Related images and charts are available as Graphics Interchange Format (.gif) and Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg) files.

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Temporal Coverage:
  • 1994-11-01 to 1995-02-28
  • 1996-11-01 to 1997-02-28
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Sensor(s): RADAR
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -81, S: -83, E: -145, W: -155

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Motion/Ice Sheet Motion
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Motion
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ice Sheets > Ice Stream
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Velocity
  • Radar > Radar Cross-section
Data Format(s):
  • GIF
  • Microsoft Excel
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
  • JPEG
Data Contributor(s): Robert Jacobel

We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation. For more information, see Use and Copyright.

Jacobel, R. 1999. Siple Dome Glaciology and Ice Stream History 1994, 1996, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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