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MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Sheet Velocity Map from InSAR Data, Version 2

This data set, part of the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program, contains seasonal (winter) ice-sheet-wide velocity maps for Greenland derived from Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data obtained by RADARSAT-1, the Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS), and the TerraSAR-X satellite.

Note: These data are considered provisional pending a review by the MEaSUREs program. Once the data have been reviewed, this statement will be removed.

Version Summary:

For Version 2, all velocity maps underwent additional screening for quality control and bad data points were removed. In addition:

  • Improved baseline fits enhance consistency in the interior;
  • Updated error estimates better represent the average behavior of the data;
  • ALOS fine-beam data have been added to improve coverage;
  • A new velocity map is included for 2009/2010

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 83, S: 60, E: -14, W: -75

Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m x 500 m
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 October 2009 to 28 February 2010
  • 1 December 2008 to 28 February 2009
  • 1 November 2007 to 30 April 2008
  • 18 December 2006 to 15 April 2007
  • 13 December 2005 to 20 April 2006
  • 3 September 2000 to 24 January 2001
Temporal Resolution: 12 month
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Velocity
Platform(s) ALOS, RADARSAT-1, TSX
Sensor(s): PALSAR, SAR
Data Format(s):
  • GeoTIFF
Version: V2
Data Contributor(s): Ian Joughin, Ben Smith, Ian Howat, Ted Scambos

Data Citation

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., B. Smith, I. Howat, and T. Scambos. 2015. MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Sheet Velocity Map from InSAR Data, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: [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.

  • Joughin, I., B. Smith, I. Howat, T. Scambos, and T. Moon. 2010. Greenland Flow Variability from Ice-Sheet-Wide Velocity Mapping, Journal of Glaciology. 56. 415-430.

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