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Data Set ID:

Antarctic 1 km Digital Elevation Model (DEM) from Combined ERS-1 Radar and ICESat Laser Satellite Altimetry, Version 1

This data set provides a 1 km resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of Antarctica. The DEM combines measurements from the European Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (ERS-1) Satellite Radar Altimeter (SRA) and the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Geosciences Laser Altimeter System (GLAS). The ERS-1 data are from two long repeat cycles of 168 days initiated in March 1994, and the GLAS data are from 20 February 2003 through 21 March 2008. The data set is approximately 240 MB comprised of two gridded binary files and two Environment for Visualizing Images (ENVI) header files viewable using ENVI or other similar software packages. The data are available via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage
  • N: -60, S: -86, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution
  • 1 km x 1 km
Temporal Coverage
  • 20 February 2003 to 21 March 2008
  • 1 March 1994 to 31 January 1995
Temporal Resolution Not specified
  • Coastal Processes > Coastal Elevation
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet Elevation
  • Topography > Terrain Elevation
Platform(s) ERS-1, ICESAT
Data Format(s)
  • Binary
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Version V1
Data Contributor(s) Jonathan Bamber, Jose Gomez-Dans, Jennifer Griggs

Data Citation

As a condition of using this data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Bamber, J., J. L. Gomez-Dans, and J. A. Griggs. 2009. Antarctic 1 km Digital Elevation Model (DEM) from Combined ERS-1 Radar and ICESat Laser Satellite Altimetry, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/H0FQ1KL9NEKM. [Date Accessed].

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