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Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0645

MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) Digital Elevation Model, Version 1

This data set consists of an enhanced resolution digital elevation model (DEM) for the Greenland Ice Sheet. It was constructed by combining ASTER and SPOT 5 DEMs over the ice sheet periphery and margin with AVHRR photoclinometry for the interior and far north, and calibrating the data to approximate mean ICESat/GLAS elevations from 2003 to 2009.

See Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) for related data.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

Initial release

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Data: Data integrity and usability verified

Documentation: Key metadata and user guide available

User Support: Assistance with data access and usage; guidance on use of data in tools

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Parameter(s):
  • GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER ELEVATION/ICE SHEET ELEVATION
Data Format(s):
  • GeoTIFF
Spatial Coverage:
N: 83, 
S: 60, 
E: -14, 
W: -75
Platform(s):ICESAT, NOAA-14, SPOT-5, TERRA
Spatial Resolution:
  • 30 m x 30 m
  • 90 m x 90m
Sensor(s):ASTER, AVHRR-2, GLAS, HRS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 20 February 2003 to 11 October 2009
Version(s):V1
Temporal Resolution1 yearMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Ian Howat, Adelaide Negrete, Ben Smith

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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.

Howat, I., A. Negrete, and B. Smith. 2015. MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) Digital Elevation Model, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/NV34YUIXLP9W. [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.

  • Howat, I., A. Negrete, and B. Smith. 2014. The Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) land classification and surface elevation data sets, The Cryosphere. 8. 1509-1518. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-1509-2014

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