Timmermann, Ralph; Le Brocq, Anne M; Deen, Tara J; Domack, Eugene W; Dutrieux, Pierre; Galton-Fenzi, Ben; Hellmer, Hartmut H; Humbert, Angelika; Jansen, Daniela; Jenkins, Adrian; Lambrecht, Astrid; Makinson, Keith; Niederjasper, Fred; Nitsche, Frank-Oliver; Nøst, Ole Anders; Smedsrud, Lars Henrik; Smith, Walter (2010): Antarctic ice sheet topography, cavity geometry, and global bathymetry (RTopo 1.0.5-beta). doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.741917,
Supplement to: Timmermann, R et al. (2010): A consistent dataset of Antarctic ice sheet topography, cavity geometry, and global bathymetry. Earth System Science Data, 2(2), 261-273, doi:10.5194/essd-2-261-2010
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Sub-ice shelf circulation and freezing/melting rates in ocean general circulation models depend critically on an accurate and consistent representation of cavity geometry. Existing global or pan-Antarctic data sets have turned out to contain various inconsistencies and inaccuracies. The goal of this work is to compile independent regional fields into a global data set. We use the S-2004 global 1-minute bathymetry as the backbone and add an improved version of the BEDMAP topography for an area that roughly coincides with the Antarctic continental shelf. Locations of the merging line have been carefully adjusted in order to get the best out of each data set. High-resolution gridded data for upper and lower ice surface topography and cavity geometry of the Amery, Fimbul, Filchner-Ronne, Larsen C and George VI Ice Shelves, and for Pine Island Glacier have been carefully merged into the ambient ice and ocean topographies. Multibeam survey data for bathymetry in the former Larsen B cavity and the southeastern Bellingshausen Sea have been obtained from the data centers of Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), gridded, and again carefully merged into the existing bathymetry map. The global 1-minute dataset (RTopo-1 Version 1.0.5) has been split into two netCDF files. The first contains digital maps for global bedrock topography, ice bottom topography, and surface elevation. The second contains the auxiliary maps for data sources and the surface type mask. A regional subset that covers all variables for the region south of 50 deg S is also available in netCDF format. Datasets for the locations of grounding and coast lines are provided in ASCII format.
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