Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Data description paper
29 Jun 2021
Data description paper |  | 29 Jun 2021

The AntSMB dataset: a comprehensive compilation of surface mass balance field observations over the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Yetang Wang, Minghu Ding, Carleen H. Reijmer, Paul C. J. P. Smeets, Shugui Hou, and Cunde Xiao

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Accurate observation of surface mass balance (SMB) under climate change is essential for the reliable present and future assessment of Antarctic contribution to global sea level. This study presents a new quality-controlled dataset of Antarctic SMB observations at different temporal resolutions and is the first ice-sheet-scale compilation of multiple types of measurements. The dataset can be widely applied to climate model validation, remote sensing retrievals, and data assimilation.
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