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Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0498

MEaSUREs Antarctic Grounding Line from Differential Satellite Radar Interferometry, Version 2

This data set, part of the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program, provides 22 years of comprehensive high-resolution mapping of grounding lines in Antarctica from 1992 to 2014. The data were derived using differential satellite synthetic aperture radar interferometry (DInSAR) measurements from the following platforms: Earth Remote Sensing Satellites 1 and 2 (ERS-1 and ERS-2), RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2, the Advanced Land Observing System Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (ALOS PALSAR), Cosmo Skymed, and Copernicus Sentinel-1.

See Antarctic Ice Sheet Velocity and Mapping Data for related data.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

In Version 2, the temporal coverage now includes 22 years from 1992 to 2014. In addition, the data format changed to shapefiles.

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Parameter(s):
  • GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIERS > GROUNDING LINE
Data Format(s):
  • ESRI Shapefile
Spatial Coverage:
N: -60, 
S: -90, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):ALOS, COSMO-SKYMED, ERS-1, ERS-2, RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2, SENTINEL-1A
Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 m to 120 m
Sensor(s):C-SAR, PALSAR, SAR
Temporal Coverage:
  • 7 February 1992 to 17 December 2014
Version(s):V2
Temporal Resolution21 monthMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Eric Rignot, Jeremie Mouginot, Bernd Scheuchl

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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.

Rignot, E., J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl. 2016. MEaSUREs Antarctic Grounding Line from Differential Satellite Radar Interferometry, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/IKBWW4RYHF1Q. [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.

  • Rignot, E., J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl. 2011. Antarctic Grounding Line Mapping from Differential Satellite Radar Interferometry, Geophyical Research Letters. 38. L10504. https://doi.org/10.1029/2011GL047109

  • Rignot, E., J. Mouginot, M. Morlighem, H. Seroussi, and B. Scheuchl. 2014. Widespread, rapid grounding line retreat of Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith, and Kohler glaciers, West Antarctica, from 1992 to 2011, Geophysical Research Letters. 41. 3502-3509. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014GL060140

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