Glacier Mass Balance Summaries

Summary

Abstract: 

As part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, a systematic sampling program has been undertaken to monitor mass balance and meltwater flow from the Taylor Valley glaciers. This dataset contains mass balance changes at each stake measured on the glaciers of Taylor Valley. The values are the result of an analysis of the raw data presented in other data files (glacier stake heights and snow depths, and glacier snow densities). Included here for each stake is the total water equivalent mass change. The standard deviation or the range for each total is given.

Date Range: 

January 1, 1993 to December 31, 2014
Data Citation
Fountain, A.G. 2014. McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER: Glacier Mass Balance Summaries. Environmental Data Initiative. DOI: 10.6073/pasta/147f6752fb6afc5731f6c40617dd7d0f. Dataset accessed 24 August 2019.
Dataset(s)

Description: 

Commonwealth glacier mass balance summaries spreadsheet units and column descriptions

Variables (click to expand): 

DATASET CODE
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE REPRESENTING GLACIER MASS BALANCE SUMMARY DATASET - Glacier name plus 'WEQ'
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLACIER
  • Label:
  • Definition: NAME OF GLACIER WHERE MEASUREMENT WAS MADE
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
STAKE
  • Label:
  • Definition: Unique number for each stake on glacier
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
PERIOD_COVERED
  • Label:
  • Definition: LENGTH OF PERIOD MEASURED (EITHER YEAR, WINTER, SUMMER OR A PART OF A SEASON)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
START_DATE
  • Label: Starting Date
  • Definition: BEGINNING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
END_DATE
  • Label: Ending Date
  • Definition: ENDING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
WEQ
  • Label:
  • Definition: TOTAL MASS IN TERMS OF WATER EQUIVALENT (SUM OF ICE WEQ AND SNOW WEQ; ICE DENSITY = 0.9g/Cm3)
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: Cm3/Cm2
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: 0
  • Precision: 0.1
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
WEQ_STD_DEV
  • Label:
  • Definition: STANDARD DEVIATION OF WEQ
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: CmWEQ
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
COMMONWEQ_COMMENTS
  • Label: Comments
  • Definition: NOTES ON WATER EQUIVALENT MEASUREMENTS
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLSTKID
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE FROM GLACIER / STAKE/ DATE OF COORDINATE MEASUREMENT (TO BE USED FOR GIS MAPPING)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: RAW DATA FILE CONTAINING INFORMATION
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

File: 

COM_WEQ_0.csv (130.92 KB)

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Description: 

Howard glacier mass balance summaries spreadsheet, units and column descriptions

Variables (click to expand): 

DATASET CODE
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE REPRESENTING GLACIER MASS BALANCE SUMMARY DATASET - Glacier name plus 'WEQ'
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLACIER
  • Label:
  • Definition: NAME OF GLACIER WHERE MEASUREMENT WAS MADE
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
STAKE
  • Label:
  • Definition: UNIQUE NUMBER FOR EACH STAKE ON GLACIER
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
PERIOD_COVERED
  • Label:
  • Definition: LENGTH OF PERIOD MEASURED (EITHER YEAR, WINTER, SUMMER OR A PART OF A SEASON)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
START_DATE
  • Label: Starting Date
  • Definition: BEGINNING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
END_DATE
  • Label: Ending Date
  • Definition: Date on which sampling ended
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
WEQ
  • Label:
  • Definition: TOTAL MASS IN TERMS OF WATER EQUIVALENT (SUM OF ICE WEQ AND SNOW WEQ; ICE DENSITY = 0.9g/Cm3)
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: Cm3/Cm2
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: 0
  • Precision: 0.1
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
WEQ_STD_DEV
  • Label:
  • Definition: STANDARD DEVIATION OF WEQ
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: CmWEQ
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
HOWARDWEQ_COMMENTS
  • Label: COmments
  • Definition: Comments about the measurement
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLSTKID
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE FROM GLACIER / STAKE/ DATE OF COORDINATE MEASUREMENT (TO BE USED FOR GIS MAPPING)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE_NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: Name of file in which data was submitted
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

File: 

HOW_WEQ.csv (77.13 KB)

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Description: 

Suess glacier mass balance summaries spreadsheet units and column descriptions

Variables (click to expand): 

DATASET CODE
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE REPRESENTING GLACIER MASS BALANCE SUMMARY DATASET - Glacier name plus 'WEQ'
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLACIER
  • Label:
  • Definition: NAME OF GLACIER WHERE MEASUREMENT WAS MADE
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
STAKE
  • Label:
  • Definition: Unique number for each stake on glacier
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
PERIOD_COVERED
  • Label:
  • Definition: LENGTH OF PERIOD MEASURED (EITHER YEAR, WINTER, SUMMER OR A PART OF A SEASON)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
START_DATE
  • Label: Starting Date
  • Definition: BEGINNING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
END_DATE
  • Label: Ending Date
  • Definition: ENDING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
WEQ
  • Label:
  • Definition: TOTAL MASS IN TERMS OF WATER EQUIVALENT (SUM OF ICE WEQ AND SNOW WEQ; ICE DENSITY = 0.9g/Cm3)
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: Cm3/Cm2
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: 0
  • Precision: 0.1
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
WEQ_STD_DEV
  • Label:
  • Definition: STANDARD DEVIATION OF WEQ
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: CmWEQ
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
SUESSWEQ_COMMENTS
  • Label:
  • Definition: NOTES ON WATER EQUIVALENT MEASUREMENTS
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLSTKID
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE FROM GLACIER / STAKE/ DATE OF COORDINATE MEASUREMENT (TO BE USED FOR GIS MAPPING)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: RAW DATA FILE CONTAINING INFORMATION
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

File: 

SUES_WEQ.csv (11.54 KB)

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Description: 

Canada glacier mass balance summaries spreadsheet, units and column descriptions

Variables (click to expand): 

DATASET CODE
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE REPRESENTING GLACIER MASS BALANCE SUMMARY DATASET - Glacier name plus 'WEQ'
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLACIER
  • Label:
  • Definition: NAME OF GLACIER WHERE MEASUREMENT WAS MADE
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
STAKE
  • Label:
  • Definition: Unique number for each stake on glacier
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
PERIOD COVERED
  • Label:
  • Definition: LENGTH OF PERIOD MEASURED (EITHER YEAR, WINTER, SUMMER OR A PART OF A SEASON)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
START_DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: BEGINNING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
END_DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: ENDING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
WEQ
  • Label:
  • Definition: TOTAL MASS IN TERMS OF WATER EQUIVALENT (SUM OF ICE WEQ AND SNOW WEQ; ICE DENSITY = 0.9g/Cm3)
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: Cm3/Cm2
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: 0
  • Precision: 0.1
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
WEQ_STD_DEV
  • Label:
  • Definition: STANDARD DEVIATION OF WEQ
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: CmWEQ
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
COMMENTS
  • Label:
  • Definition: NOTES ON WATER EQUIVALENT MEASUREMENTS
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLSTKID
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE FROM GLACIER / STAKE/ DATE OF COORDINATE MEASUREMENT (TO BE USED FOR GIS MAPPING)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: RAW DATA FILE CONTAINING INFORMATION
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

File: 

CAN_WEQ.csv (147.87 KB)

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Description: 

Hughes glacier mass balance summaries spreadsheet units and column descriptions

Variables (click to expand): 

DATASET CODE
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE REPRESENTING GLACIER MASS BALANCE SUMMARY DATASET - Glacier name plus 'WEQ'
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLACIER
  • Label:
  • Definition: NAME OF GLACIER WHERE MEASUREMENT WAS MADE
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
STAKE
  • Label:
  • Definition: Unique number for each stake on glacier
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
PERIOD COVERED
  • Label:
  • Definition: LENGTH OF PERIOD MEASURED (EITHER YEAR, WINTER, SUMMER OR A PART OF A SEASON)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
START_DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: BEGINNING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
END_DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: ENDING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
WEQ
  • Label:
  • Definition: TOTAL MASS IN TERMS OF WATER EQUIVALENT (SUM OF ICE WEQ AND SNOW WEQ; ICE DENSITY = 0.9g/Cm3)
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: Cm3/Cm2
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: 0
  • Precision: 0.1
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
WEQ_STD_DEV
  • Label:
  • Definition: STANDARD DEVIATION OF WEQ
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: CmWEQ
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
COMMENTS
  • Label:
  • Definition: NOTES ON WATER EQUIVALENT MEASUREMENTS
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLSTKID
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE FROM GLACIER / STAKE/ DATE OF COORDINATE MEASUREMENT (TO BE USED FOR GIS MAPPING)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: RAW DATA FILE CONTAINING INFORMATION
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

File: 

HUGH_WEQ.csv (7.98 KB)

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Description: 

Taylor glaciermass balance summaries spreadsheet units and column descriptions

Variables (click to expand): 

DATASET CODE
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE REPRESENTING GLACIER MASS BALANCE SUMMARY DATASET - Glacier name plus 'WEQ'
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLACIER
  • Label:
  • Definition: NAME OF GLACIER WHERE MEASUREMENT WAS MADE
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
STAKE
  • Label:
  • Definition: Unique number for each stake on glacier
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
PERIOD COVERED
  • Label:
  • Definition: LENGTH OF PERIOD MEASURED (EITHER YEAR, WINTER, SUMMER OR A PART OF A SEASON)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
START_DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: BEGINNING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
END_DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: ENDING DATE OF DATA MEASUREMENT
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
WEQ
  • Label:
  • Definition: TOTAL MASS IN TERMS OF WATER EQUIVALENT (SUM OF ICE WEQ AND SNOW WEQ; ICE DENSITY = 0.9g/Cm3)
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: Cm3/Cm2
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: 0
  • Precision: 0.1
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
WEQ_STD_DEV
  • Label:
  • Definition: STANDARD DEVIATION OF WEQ
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: CmWEQ
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values:
    • NULL = None given
COMMENTS
  • Label:
  • Definition: NOTES ON WATER EQUIVALENT MEASUREMENTS
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
GLSTKID
  • Label:
  • Definition: CODE FROM GLACIER / STAKE/ DATE OF COORDINATE MEASUREMENT (TO BE USED FOR GIS MAPPING)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: RAW DATA FILE CONTAINING INFORMATION
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

File: 

TAY_WEQ.csv (78.73 KB)

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Short name: 

glcrweq

Dataset ID: 

2005
People

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Contact: 

Associated Personnel: 

Associated Researcher
Field Crew
Data Manager