Theme 5 - Cryosphere and Polar Oceans - Ice Sheet Dynamics: Jakobshavn Glacier Calving front - SAR backscatter images (March-July 2011)
This dataset has been produced as part of the Theme 5 (Cryosphere and Polar Oceans) in the National Centre for Earth Observation which aims to use new EO data to quantify changes in the mass balance of the cryosphere and to develop new models to represent the relevant processes in coupled climate prediction models.
This dataset holds timeseries of Greenland glacier calving front fluctuations as maps and backscatter intensity images for the period March-July 2011.
The dataset consists of 38 SAR backscatter images acquired every 3 days between the 12th March and 1st July 2011 during the ERS-2 3-day campaign.
The backscatter data were transformed to map coordinates using the GLAS/ICESat 1 km Laser Altimetry Digital Elevation Model of Greenland which is provided at Polar Stereographic grids (DiMarzio, J., Brenner, A., Schutz, R., Schuman, A. & Zwally, H.J. (2007): GLAS/ICESat 1 km laser altimetri digital elevation model of Greenland. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Centre. Digital media).
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Data prepared by authors and sent to NERC Earth Observations Data Centre (NEODC) for archiving.
maps and images are stored as TIFF formatted file. A metadata readme file is associated with the files in the archive.
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Cryosphere and Polar Oceans - Ice Sheet Dynamics: Jakobshavn Glacier Calving front - SAR backscatter images
Calving front locations were digitized from SAR backscatter images data, and sea ice extent was mapped using daily sea ice concentration data from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre.
The TSX data allowed for calculation of the calving flux components, i.e. (i) the ice flux through a fixed fluxgate near the calving front, and (ii) the mass change of the terminus downglacier of that fluxgate, accounting for front position changes.