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Balance ice velocities for the Antarctic Ice sheet
Entry ID: ASAC_1261_Balance_Velocities

Abstract: Balance Ice Velocities for the Antarctic ice sheet.

These ice velocities (in m/yr) represent the (hypothetical) distribution of depth-averaged ice velocities that would keep the Antarctic ice sheet in its present shape (i.e. surface topography and thickness), under the influence of a prescribed accumulation distribution.

The present fluxes were computed using computer code BalanceV2 (by Warner) (outlined in Budd and Warner 1996, and detailed in Fricker, Warner and Allison 2000), using the surface accumulation dataset of Vaughan et al (1999), the ice sheet surface elevation dataset distributed by BEDMAP (attributed to Liu et al 1999), and the ice sheet thickness compilation distributed by the BEDMAP consortium (Lythe et al 2001).
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -65.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Warner, R.
Dataset Title: Balance ice velocities for the Antarctic Ice sheet
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2004-07-19
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Version: 1
Online Resource:
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2000-09-30
Stop Date: 2005-03-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 5 Kilometre(s)
Longitude Resolution: 5 Kilometre(s)
Quality Values provided in temporal coverage are approximate only.
Access Constraints See the BEDMAP website for access to the ice sheet surface elevation dataset and the ice sheet thickness compilation.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License (

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at when using these data.
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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Fees: free
Phone: +61 3 6226 7878
Fax: +61 3 6226 2902
Email: Roland.Warner at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division and
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC
Private Bag 80
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Country: Australia
Budd, W.F. and Warner, R.C. (1996), A computer scheme for rapid calculations of balance-flux distributions, Annals of Glaciology, 23, 21-27
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-07-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-04-08