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Larsen C Ice Shelf

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  • This archive is a suite of ground penetrating radar (GPR) data acquired by Project MIDAS during field campaigns on Larsen C, in 2014 and 2015. All data were acquired with a Sensors&Software pulsEKKO PRO GPR system, fitted with antennas of 200 MHz centre-frequency. The system was towed behind a snowmobile, with distances recorded with GPS. These data are part of the NERC-funded MIDAS (''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'') research project, with grant references NE/L006707/1 and NE/L005409/1. Other MIDAS data are available.

  • Walk-away seismic reflection surveys were conducted in two locations on and to the south of (i.e. on the Solberg Inlet derived meteoric ice shelf unit) the suture zone emanating from the Joerg Peninsula on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, approximately 95 km downflow of the peninsula''s tip. The data were collected as part of NERC Project SOLIS. Funding was provided by NERC Standard Grant ''Present and future stability of Larsen C Ice Shelf'', 2008-2011, NERC Reference NE/E012914/1.

  • Seismic refraction experiments were conducted in four locations in the Whirlwind Inlet, Larsen C Ice Shelf, with the main purpose of estimating firn density profiles. The data were collected as part of NERC Project MIDAS. The locations, procedures and raw data files produced along with quality descriptions are all summarised in the observer''s log provided along with the datasets. Funding was provided by NERC Standard Grant ''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'', 2014-2017, NERC Reference NE/L005409/1.

  • Seismic refraction experiments were conducted in eight locations along a flowline originating in the Cabinet Inlet, Larsen C Ice Shelf, with the main purpose of estimating firn density profiles. The data were collected as part of NERC Project MIDAS. Funding was provided by NERC Standard Grant ''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'', 2014-2017, NERC Reference NE/L005409/1.

  • In 2016, a series of ice shelf cavity bathymetry point measurements were made across Larsen C Ice Shelf, West Antarctica. The sites were selected to address deficiencies in the coverage provided by existing data sets. A hammer and plate seismic source was used. Seismic reflection data were recorded on 24 receivers at 10 m interval and 30 m offset. Sea bed reflections are observed at all sites. Surface elevation measurements are provided to allow estimation of ice thickness when an ice base reflection is not visible. Funded as part of the Polar Science for Planet Earth Programme, British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council.

  • The datasets are temperature time series from strings of thermistors, each located at a discrete depth within one of six boreholes drilled to a depth of ~100 m in the northern sector of Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Supporting borehole information is presented by Ashmore and others (2017). These data are part of the NERC-funded MIDAS (''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'') research project, with grant references NE/L006707/1 and NE/L005409/1. Associated (near-surface) borehole temperature records, OPTV logs and density records are also available, as are other MIDAS datasets.

  • The datasets are temperature time series from thermistor strings installed into two boreholes drilled to a depth of ~7 m in the northern sector of Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Supporting borehole information is presented by Ashmore and others (2017). These data are part of the NERC-funded MIDAS (''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'') research project, with grant references NE/L006707/1 and NE/L005409/1. Associated (longer) borehole temperature records, OPTV logs and density records are also available, as are other MIDAS datasets.

  • These are digital optical televiewer (OPTV) logs of five boreholes drilled by hot water to ~100 m depth in Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Boreholes were drilled in austral summers of 2014 and 2015 in order to investigate the internal properties of the ice shelf, and specifically the influence of surface melting and melt pond formation on those properties. These data are part of the NERC-funded MIDAS (''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'') research project, with grant references NE/L006707/1 and NE/L005409/1. Borehole density and temperature profiles are also available, as are other MIDAS datasets.

  • These are vertical density profiles of snow, firn and ice reconstructed from the vertical luminosity trace of digital optical televiewer (OPTV) logs of five boreholes drilled by hot water to ~100 m depth in Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Boreholes were drilled in austral summers of 2014 and 2015 in order to investigate the internal properties of the ice shelf, and specifically the influence of surface melting and melt pond formation on those properties. These data are part of the NERC-funded MIDAS (''Impact of surface melt and ponding on ice shelf dynamics and stability'') research project, with grant references NE/L006707/1 and NE/L005409/1. The associated borehole OPTV logs and temperature profiles are also available, as are other MIDAS datasets.

  • The data consists of 30 minute observations recorded by an automatic weather station (iWS 18) in Cabinet Inlet on Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The iWS consists of a custom-built weather station unit, assembled at the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). There are sensors for air temperature, surface air pressure, relative humidity, as well as a GPS, an acoustic snow height sensor, an ARGOS communication antenna, and three Lithium batteries that fuel the unit when solar radiation is absent. The unit is complemented by a propeller-vane Young anemometer measuring wind direction and speed. Additionally, all radiation fluxes are measured with a Kipp and Zonen CNR4 radiometer. This dataset runs from 25 November 2014 to 13 November 2017. Funding was provided by the NERC grant NE/L005409/1.