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A new digital elevation model of Antarctica derived from CryoSat-2 altimetry

Slater, T; Shepherd, A; Mcmillan, M; Muir, A; Gilbert, L; Hogg, AE; Konrad, H; (2018) A new digital elevation model of Antarctica derived from CryoSat-2 altimetry. Cryosphere , 12 (4) pp. 1551-1562. 10.5194/tc-12-1551-2018. Green open access

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Abstract

We present a new digital elevation model (DEM) of the Antarctic ice sheet and ice shelves based on 2.5 × 108 observations recorded by the CryoSat-2 satellite radar altimeter between July 2010 and July 2016. The DEM is formed from spatio-temporal fits to elevation measurements accumulated within 1, 2, and 5 km grid cells, and is posted at the modal resolution of 1 km. Altogether, 94 % of the grounded ice sheet and 98 % of the floating ice shelves are observed, and the remaining grid cells north of 88◦ S are interpolated using ordinary kriging. The median and root mean square difference between the DEM and 2.3 × 107 airborne laser altimeter measurements acquired during NASA Operation IceBridge campaigns are −0.30 and 13.50 m, respectively. The DEM uncertainty rises in regions of high slope, especially where elevation measurements were acquired in low-resolution mode; taking this into account, we estimate the average accuracy to be 9.5 m – a value that is comparable to or better than that of other models derived from satellite radar and laser altimetry

Type: Article
Title: A new digital elevation model of Antarctica derived from CryoSat-2 altimetry
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5194/tc-12-1551-2018
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1551-2018
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Space and Climate Physics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076684
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