Radio-echo sounding data was collected using 150 MHz ice-penetrating radars with bandwidths of 15-20 MHz. This data was collected as part of the seven nation Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province (AGAP) expedition during the International Polar Year 2007-2009, and used to acquire a detailed image of the ice sheet bed deep in the interior of East Antarctica.
Airborne geophysical methods were used to understand the fundamental structure shrouded beneath Dome A. Two twin Otter aircraft - one BAS, one United States Antarctic Program (USAP) - equipped with ice-sounding radars, laser ranging systems, gravity meters and magnetomemeters, operated from camps located on either side of Dome A.
Gamburtsev Province, aerogeophysics, radio-echo sounding
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|Reference:||Bell, Ferraccioli, Creyts, Braaten, Corr, Das, Damaske, Frearson, Jordan, Rose, Studinger, Wolovick. "Widespread Persistent Thickening of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet by Freezing from the Base". Science 331; doi: 10.1126/science.1200109. 2011.
Ferraccioli, F., C. Finn, T. A. Jordan, R. E. Bell, L. M. Anderson and D. Damaske (2011). "East Antarctic rifting triggers uplift of the Gamburtsev Mountains". Nature 479: 388-392, doi:10.1038/nature10566.
|Lineage:||Radar data and details on survey location and design are presented in Rose et al. (2013). Radar data collection by BAS used the PASIN radar echo sounding system (table 1 (Corr et al., 2007)). USAP data was collected using a 150-MHz system with bandwidths of 15 to 20 MHz (Bell et al, 2011). Data provided here includes picks of surface and ice sheet bed elevation. BAS flights include turns and transit flights, whereas USAP data is confined to line portions only.
Small (a few minutes) time jumps are contained in a limited number of survey lines as a result of the re-booting of the PASIN system.
Note in the database split by line the sections are defined as follows L= main survey grid lines, T=main survey tie lines, P=long transits, D=turns.
Date UTC date (YYYY/MM/DD)
Time UTC time (HH:MM:SS.SS)
FlightID Sequential flight number and survey ID e.g. W12
Line_name Line Number e.g. LW200.1
Lon Longitude WGS 1984
Lat Latitude WGS 1984
x x projected meters*
y y projected meters*
Height_WGS1984 Aircraft altitude (meters) in WGS 1984
segy_name Radar_segy file name (BAS system).
TraceNum Radar segy trace number (BAS system).
PriNum Raw radar time (BAS system).
surfPickLoc Location down trace of surface pick (BAS system).
bedPickLoc Location down trace of bed elevation pick (BAS system).
surfElev Surface elevation (m)
bedElev Ice bed elevation, derived by subtracting tice from surfElev (m)
tIce Ice thickness, derived from bedPickLoc and surfPickLoc (m).
* Projected coordinates (x and y) are in Lambert conic conformal with two standard parallels defined as follows:
Latitude of false origin: -80
Longitude of false origin: 80
Latitude of 1st standard parallel -83
Latitude of 2nd standard parallel -77
False easting 2000000
False northing 2000000
|Data Set Creator||Corr, Hugh;Ferraccioli, Fausto;Jordan, Tom;Robinson, Carl|
|Data Set Title||Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province (AGAP) Project - Radio-echo sounding data (2007-2009)|
|Data Set Release Date||2020|
|Data Set Publisher||Polar Data Centre,Natural Environment Research Council,UK Research & Innovation|
|Other Citation Details||shortdoi:10/dpnr|
|Horizontal Resolution Range||30 meters - < 100 meters|
|Vertical Resolution Range||N/A|
|Temporal Resolution Range||N/A|
|Detailed Location||Gamburtsev Province|
|Data Collection:||In total, 120, 000 line km of data were aquired from a nested survey grid with line spacing of 5km and tie lines ~ 33 km apart.|
|Distribution Media||Online Internet (HTTP)|
|Distribution Size||941 MB|
|Data Storage:||This dataset constains 1 ASCII XYZ file:
- AGAP_Radar_ByFlight.XYZ ~941MB
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Corr, H., Ferraccioli, F., Jordan, T., & Robinson, C. (2020). Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province (AGAP) Project - Radio-echo sounding data (2007-2009) [Data set]. UK Polar Data Centre, Natural Environment Research Council, UK Research & Innovation. https://doi.org/10.5285/0F6F5A45-D8AF-4511-A264-B0B35EE34AF6
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