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IceBridge MCoRDS L1B Geolocated Radar Echo Strength Profiles

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Abstract: This data set contains radar echograms taken from the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) ultra Multichannel Coherent Radar Depth Sounder (MCoRDS) over land and sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. The data were collected as part of Operation IceBridge funded aircraft survey campaigns.
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1.   N: 83.0   S: 59.0   E: -12.0   W: -74.0  
2.   N: -53.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0  

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Leuschen, C.
Dataset Title: IceBridge MCoRDS L1B Geolocated Radar Echo Strength Profiles
Dataset Release Date: 2014-11-03
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 2
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2012-10-12
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Quality The high altitude data are generally lower quality than the low altitude data. This is because: 1. The cross-track antenna resolution is proportional to range creating severe layover problems in mountainous terrain. 2. The sidelobes from the 30 microsecond pulse duration mask out some of the returns that otherwise would have had a high enough signal to noise ratio. 3. The range to target is greater so the spherical spreading power loss is greater leading to a lower signal to noise ratio.
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NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
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National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 23 GB
Distribution Format: NetCDF
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Email: leuschen at
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University of Kansas
City: Lawrence
Province or State: Kansas
Country: USA
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Akins, Torry Lee. 1999. Design and development of an improved data acquisition system for the coherent radar depth sounder, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Master's Thesis, University of Kansas. Allen, Christopher, Lei Shi, Richard Hale, Carl Leuschen, John Paden, Benjamin Panzer, Emily Arnold, William Blake, Fernando Rodriguez-Morales, John Ledford, Sarah Seguin. 2011. ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2014-11-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-02-12

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