Data Products
Data Products
Level 4 data available on CDROMS are contour maps and gridded
elevations. These grids give the surface topography of the ice
sheets relative to the
OSU91A geoid .
The altimetricderived heights from which the grid was created are described in the
level 3 documentation. The procedure used to grid the data is explained in detail in
Zwally et al, 1990. The grid points are on a polar stereographic projection with a nominal spacing of 5 km (ERS1) 10 km (GEOSAT) and 20 km (Seasat). The gridded elevations are derived from the data by a weighted fitting of a biquadratic function (bilinear where data distribution is poor) to the elevation data that fall within a certain radius of the grid location. The elevation data without the
slope correction are used and the resultant gridded heights are slope corrected using the best available grids in an iterative manner. The format of the gridded data files is as follows:
BYTES 
TYPE 
DESCRIPTION 
14 
I*4 
Number of i values in the grid 
58 
I*4 
Number of j values in the grid 
912 
I*4 
Starting north latitude of grid in degrees North
(x 10^{6})
(this will be approximate for a polar stereographic grid) 
1316 
I*4 
Starting east longitude of grid in degrees East
(x 10^{6})
(this will be approximate for a polar stereographic grid) 
1720 
I*4 
Ending north latitude of grid in degrees North
(x 10^{6})
(this will be approximate for a polar stereographic grid) 
2124 
I*4 
Ending east longitude of grid in degrees East
(x 10^{6})
(this will be approximate for a polar stereographic grid)

2528 
I*4 
Status word
for data used to generate grid. 
2932 
I*4 
Polar stereographic grid size conversion and scaling
factor from halfinch grids on projection plane to the
desired grid size (x 10^{6}) 
3336 
I*4 
The number of grids of desired size from the pole to the
equator based on the grid size conversion and scaling
factor (x 10^{6}) 
3740 
I*4 
Latitude of the map perimeter in degrees North
(x 10^{6}) 
4144 
I*4 
Greenwich orientation in degrees
(x 10^{6}) 
4548 
I*4 
Polar stereographic switch
=0, grid has constant increment in latitude,longitude
=1, grid is in polar stereographic projection

4952 
I*4 
Number of Iaxis divisions to the extent of the map
perimeter

5356 
I*4 
Number of Jaxis divisions to the extent of the map
perimeter

5760 
I*4 
J coordinate of the projected pole 
6164 
I*4 
I coordinate of the projected pole 
6568 
I*4 
Minimum J index of the grid 
6972 
I*4 
Maximum J index of the grid 
7376 
I*4 
Minimum I index of the grid 
7780 
I*4 
Maximum I index of the grid 
81180 
N/A 
padded to keep same size as data records 
BYTES 
TYPE 
DESCRIPTION 
14 
I*4 
Condition number of the matrix used in the least squares
solution to the function (x 10^{6}) 
58 
I*4 
Capsize in degrees latitude  radius from grid location
defining area from which data was used to define grid
(x 10^{6}) 
912 
I*4 
North latitude of grid point in degrees
(x 10^{6}) 
1316 
I*4 
East longitude of grid point in degrees
(x 10^{6}) 
1720 
I*4 
Height values of the grid at location relative to sea
level in meters (x 10^{5}) 
2124 
I*4 
Number of data values that were used to calculate grid value 
2528 
I*4 
Number of parameters used to define function, NPT,(equals 0, 3, or 6) 0 indicates a nondefined grid value 
2952 
I*4 
Six gridding function coefficients. If NPT is less than 6 then
the rest of the coefficients are initialized to zero.
(x 10^{5}) 
5376 
I*4 
Set of null coefficients associated with any negligible
singular values. If NPT is less than 6 then rest of coefficients
are set to zero (x 10^{6}) 
7780 
I*4 
Distance in km from grid locations to closest data point
(x 10^{6}) 
8184 
I*4 
North latitude of closest data point to grid location in
degrees (x 10^{6}) 
8588 
I*4 
East longitude of closest data point to grid location in
degrees (x 10^{6}) 
8992 
I*4 
Height associated with closest data point to grid
location in meters (x 10^{5}) 
9396 
I*4 
Standard deviation of the data with respect to the
gridding function in meters (x 10^{6}) 
97180 
I*4 
Correlation matrix from solution. This is a symmetrical
6 X 6 matrix so only the upper triangular portion is
stored. The order of storage is elements 16 are the
first row elements, 711 columns 26 of second row etc.
(x 10^{5}) 