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Bed, surface elevation and ice thickness measurements derived from radar data acquired during the Thwaites Glacier airborne survey (2019/2020)
GB/NERC/BAS/PDC/01520

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Abstract:
As part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) 4432 km of new radar depth sounding data was acquired over the Thwaites Glacier catchment by the British Antarctic Survey. Data was collected using the PASIN polametric radar system, fitted on the BAS aerogeophysical equipped survey aircraft VP-FBL. The survey operated from Lower Thwaites Glacier camp, and focused on collecting data in regions of ice >1.5 km thick between 70 and 180 km from the grounding line. Additional profiles from the coast to the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) divide and over the eastern shear margin were also flown. Ice thicknesses between 418 and 3744 m were measured, with a minimum bed elevation of -2282 imaged.

This dataset contains the navigation, surface elevation, ice thickness, and bed elevation data from the Thwaites Glacier 2019/20 season in the form of a CSV file.

The Thwaites 2019/20 aerogeophysical survey was carried out as part of the BAS National Capability contribution to the NERC/NSF International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) program. Data processing was supported by the BAS Geology and Geophysics team.

Keywords:
Antarctica, Geophysics, ITGC, Radar, Thwaites Glacier

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