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ICESat-Derived Grounding Zone for Antarctic Ice Shelves, Version 1

This data set includes estimates of the location of the grounding zone of Antarctic ice shelves based on laser altimeter data acquired during the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) mission, October 2003 through October 2009. The estimates are based on ICESat repeat-track analysis, which can be used to detect the region of ice flexure across the grounding line, since each repeated pass is acquired at a different tidal phase. The technique provides estimates for the landward limit of flexure, the point where the ice becomes hydrostatically balanced, and the break-in-slope associated with the flexure.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -60, S: -80, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-01-01 to 2009-12-31
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
Sensor(s): GLAS, LIDAR
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Data Contributor(s): Kelly Brunt, Helen Fricker, Laurence Padman, Shad O'Neel

Data Citation

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Brunt, K., H. Fricker, L. Padman, and S. O'Neel. 2010. ICESat-Derived Grounding Zone for Antarctic Ice Shelves, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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