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A New 100-m Digital Elevation Model of the Antarctic Peninsula Derived from Aster Global Dem: Methods and Accuracy Assessment : Volume 5, Issue 1 (15/05/2012)

By Cook, A. J.

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Title: A New 100-m Digital Elevation Model of the Antarctic Peninsula Derived from Aster Global Dem: Methods and Accuracy Assessment : Volume 5, Issue 1 (15/05/2012)  
Author: Cook, A. J.
Volume: Vol. 5, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Earth, System
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Luckman, A., Vaughan, D. G., Murray, T., Cook, A. J., & Barrand, N. E. (2012). A New 100-m Digital Elevation Model of the Antarctic Peninsula Derived from Aster Global Dem: Methods and Accuracy Assessment : Volume 5, Issue 1 (15/05/2012). Retrieved from

Description: Department of Geography, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK. A high resolution surface topography Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is required to underpin studies of the complex glacier system on the Antarctic Peninsula. A complete DEM with better than 200 m pixel size and high positional and vertical accuracy would enable mapping of all significant glacial basins and provide a dataset for glacier morphology analyses. No currently available DEM meets this specification. We present a new 100-m DEM of the Antarctic Peninsula (63–70° S), based on ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) data. The raw GDEM products are of high-quality on the rugged terrain and coastal-regions of the Antarctic Peninsula and have good geospatial accuracy, but they also contain large errors on ice-covered terrain and we seek to minimise these artefacts. Conventional data correction techniques do not work so we have developed a method that significantly improves the dataset, smoothing the erroneous regions and hence creating a DEM with a pixel size of 100 m that will be suitable for many glaciological applications. We evaluate the new DEM using ICESat-derived elevations, and perform horizontal and vertical accuracy assessments based on GPS positions, SPOT-5 DEMs and the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) imagery. The new DEM has a mean elevation difference of +3 m (±26 m RMSE) from ICESat, and a horizontal error of less than 2 pixels, although elevation accuracies are lower on mountain peaks and steep-sided slopes. The correction method significantly reduces errors on low relief slopes and therefore the DEM can be regarded as suitable for topographical studies such as measuring the geometry and ice flow properties of glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula. The DEM is available for download from the NSIDC website: (

A new 100-m Digital Elevation Model of the Antarctic Peninsula derived from ASTER Global DEM: methods and accuracy assessment

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