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Images of Antarctic Ice Shelves, Version 1

Recent changes in the extent and stability of ice shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula prompted NSIDC to begin a monitoring program using data from the AVHRR Polar 1 km Data Set. NSIDC regularly reviews images of those ice shelves considered susceptible to rapid change due to climatic warming, and of several other major shelves that occasionally calve major icebergs.

The images in this site represent a selected subset of the available scenes, generally the clearest and most informative scenes available. The scenes are derived from either the AVHRR visible (vis) or thermal (temp) channels, enhanced by combining two channels using principal components processing. In the thermal images, bright areas are colder areas. A few additional scenes from other sensors (MODIS, Landsat) are included to provide some supplemental information on ice shelf structure and events.

If you wish to save an image, you can do so through the 'Save image as' option of the browser's pop-up menu. For more information contact NSIDC User Services.

Spatial Coverage: Not specified
Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage: Not specified
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ablation Zones/Accumulation Zones
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Topography/Ice Sheet Topography
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Icebergs
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ice Sheets > Ice Shelf
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glaciers > Ice Shelf
  • Infrared Wavelengths > Infrared Imagery
  • Visible Wavelengths > Visible Imagery
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Data Format(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Ted Scambos, Bruce Raup, Jennifer Bohlander

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.

Scambos, T., B. Raup, and J. Bohlander 2001. Images of Antarctic Ice Shelves, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5NC5Z4N. [Date Accessed].
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