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ESA Antarctic Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Antarctic_Ice_Sheet_cci): Gravimetric Mass Balance Basin products, v1.1

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Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2016-11-24
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This dataset provides Gravimetric Mass Balance Basin data for the Antarctic Ice Sheet. It has been produced in the framework of the Antarctic Ice Sheets Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project, under the lead of TU Dresden.

The ice sheet mass balance, i.e. the change in ice mass over time, is determined using the US-German satellite gravimetry mission GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment). The Antarctic Ice Sheet CCI GMB products are based on the monthly GRACE solutions ITSG-Grace2016 by Technische Universität Graz, and comprises a time series of mass change grids covering the entire ice sheet (GMB Gridded product), along side mass change time series for different drainage basins (GMB Basin Product).

The dataset described here covers version 1.1 of the Basin product. Mass change time series are provided for a number of drainage basins. They describe the evolution of ice mass relative to a modelled reference value, defined to be the GRACE-derived mass as of 2009-01-01. Respective time series are also derived for the total areas of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Antarctic Ice Sheet as a whole.

If publishing results based on this dataset, please cite the following: Groh, A., & Horwath, M. (2016). The method of tailored sensitivity kernels for GRACE mass change estimates. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 18, EGU2016-12065.

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Citable as:  Horwath, M.; Groh, A. (2016): ESA Antarctic Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Antarctic_Ice_Sheet_cci): Gravimetric Mass Balance Basin products, v1.1. Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Planetare Geodäsie, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Antarctic, Ice sheet, CCI, ESA


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Data were produced by TU Dresden in the context of the ESA CCI Antarctic Ice Sheet project team and are archived on They have been supplied to CEDA in the context of the ESA CCI Open Data Portal Project.

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Title ESA Antarctic Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Antarctic_Ice_Sheet_cci): Gravimetric Mass Balance Basin products
Abstract GRACE monthly solutions provided by TU Graz (ITSG-Grace2016) GRACE-derived time series of basin-averaged Antarctic ice mass changes with respect to the mass as of 2009-01-01 according to a linear, periodic (periods: 1 year, 1/2 year, 161 days) and quadratic model fitted to the monthly solutions in the period 2003-02 - 2013-12 gia_model: IJ05_R2 (
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