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Antarctic Ice Sheet CCI

The Antarctic_Ice Sheet_cci project aims to produce long term and reliable climate satellite data records required by the scientific user community. These datasets will improve understanding of present day change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and provide data for models at a higher spatial and temporal resolution than is currently available, thereby improving estimates of future change.

In 2014 a community wide user survey was conducted to determine which Antarctic geophysical datasets are most useful for the user community, what the spatial and temporal resolution of the satellite Earth observation datasets should be, and where the priority regions of the Antarctic Ice Sheet are. The survey was very successful with over 113 responses, of which 55% had over 10 years of experience in their field of interest.

The respondents primarily had an Earth Observation background, however 6 responses were also received from ‘decision makers with interest in Cryosphere and its changes,’ indicating that Antarctic Ice Sheet products are required to help make informed policy decisions.

Mass balance, ice velocity, surface elevation change and grounding lines were determined to be the most important data products. Consequently these products will be produced by the CCI Antarctic Ice Sheet project over the next three years.

Essential Climate Variables

Surface Elevation Changes
Surface elevation change measured by CryoSat-2 from 2010 to 2014 (McMillan et al., 2014)
Ice Velocities
Antarctic Ice Velocity Map
Grounding Line LocationsGrounding Line for Recovery/Slessor glaciers 2014/2015 Gravimetric Mass Balance
Gravimetric Mass Balance

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Providing Sentinel products to British Antarctic Survey for relocation of Halley station

The AIS_cci partner ENVEO is providing Sentinel products to British Antarctic Survey for relocation of Halley station. Read more »

New data products for IV, GLL and CFL are released on Cryoportal

The ESA CCI Antarctic Ice Sheet project would like to promote the new data products on

The portal provides convenient functionality for searching, viewing, visualising and downloading satellite based products for ice sheets, glaciers and seasonal snow.








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Progress Meeting 7, combined for AIS_cci + GIS_cci + Glaciers_cci

2017-01-16 13:00
2017-01-18 17:00

Progress Meeting no 7 is set for January 16 to 18, 2017.

This will be a combined Antarctica + Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci meeting, where also Glaciers_cci will participate on common science discussions.

The site is Alpback in Austria and the meeting is hosted by ENVEO.

Co-location Meeting at ESRIN

2016-10-04 10:00
2016-10-06 18:00

The AIS_cci project will participate with a solid delegation on the Co-location meeting at ESRIN from October 4 to 6 2016.

Progress Meeting at DLR

2016-07-05 13:00
2016-07-06 15:00

Gravimetric Mass Balance (GMB) product released from TUDr

The ESA CCI (Climate Change Initiative) Antarctic Ice Sheet project has released Gravimetric Mass Balance products.











Living Planet and Newsletter

2016-05-09 10:00
2016-05-13 16:00

The Antarctic_Ice_Sheet_cci project (AIS_cci) is well represented at Living Planet.

AIS_cci has issued a Newletter ahead of Living Planet - providing a snapshot of the first set of data products and the local portals from which they are available.

The data products will also be announced and available through this website and the project data products download site. Read more »

Yearly Review at ESTEC, April 13th to 14th


ESTECThe Yearly Review Meeting will take place April 13th and 14th at Estec.

This will be a combined Antarctica_Ice_Sheet_cci and Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci meeting with the CRG team present.

For AIS_cci this will be the first official opportunity for assessment of the fresh release of Data Products.

Progress Meeting three held in Oslo

The Progress Meeting no 3 was held in Oslo February 2 and 3, hosted by S[&]T AS.

The first set of Data Products for the parameters SEC, IV, GLL and GMB was selected during the meeting - for release in April 2016.

The AIS_cci project is on schedule. The coming release of Data Products is a major milestone for the project.

The release of the Data Products will be accompanied with a fresh Newsletter and proper announcements.

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