[Imports] Antarctica coastline/shelf-ice import

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Tue Mar 5 16:38:31 UTC 2013

On Tuesday 05 March 2013, Stephen V. Mather wrote:
> Hi Jochen,
>       You might contact Byrd Polar Research Center
> (http://bprc.osu.edu/) for detailed vector information of the
> Antarctic coast-- the resolution would be better than 125m, more in
> the 10-30m range.  They should have ice shelf and grounded ice info
> from the Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP).  I would contact
> their librarian about such data.  MOA may be more up-to-date for some
> ice shelf changes particularly in the Antarctic peninsula and similar
> places, so it would require some conflation of datasets, but would
> give an order of magnitude better data that MOA alone.

We have looked into alternative data sources and i have contacted both 
USGS and British ADD concerning use of their data - without success, 
see also:


(if anyone with direct contact to either of these wants to try go ahead)

I am aware of the RAMP data products although i have not looked in 
detail into the coastline data.  From what they write about it though:


it seems deriving the coastline from SAR data is very difficult and they 
accomplish it with a lot of filtering - possibly loosing a lot of small 
detail in the process.  From a quick look it seems for example some of 
the islands in MOA are missing in the RAMP data.

The great advantage of the MOA data is that there is matching coastline 
and shelf ice data and it seems sufficiently reliable to import for the 
whole continent without detailed manual verification.  We are pretty 
sure it is better than the existing data everywhere we plan to replace 
it.  We do not regard this as universally the best available data but 
as a good starting point for further improvements.  So if the RAMP data 
should prove to be better (i.e. more detailed and sufficiently 
accurate) in some places it would make sense to do further imports (in 
smaller chunks after sufficient verification of the accuracy) - always 
assuming it can be used license-wise.


Christoph Hormann

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