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  • A British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter and survey team acquired 15,500 line-km of aerogeophysical data during the 2001/02 Antarctic field season along a 1-km line spacing grid with tie-lines 8 km apart. Twenty-five flights were flown from the South African base SANAE, for a total of 100 survey hours. We present here the processed bed elevation picks from airborne radar depth sounding. The airborne-radio echosounding data were collected for 5 flights, to image ice-thickness and bedrock configuration. Data are provided as XYZ ASCII line data. This high-resolution aerogeophysical survey was part of the "Magmatism as a Monitor of Gondwanabreak-up" project (MAMOG) of the British Antarctic Survey, which included new geochemical investigations, structural geology, geochronology, and AMS studies over western Dronning Maud Land.

  • Adventdalen is a medium-sized (513 km2) catchment in continuous permafrost zone of central Spitsbergen. It has 11.7 % glacier cover, a large flat valley floor comprised of uplifted, glaciomarine sediments, covered in the lower part by a veneer of aeolian sediments up to 4 m thick. The geology of the catchment is dominated by sandstones, shales and carbonates. Freshwater samples were collected typically every second day throughout the principal runoff season (late May until early September) during 2015 and 2016 from a downstream site located at the head of the delta. Analysis of major ions (by ion chromatography) and minor constituents (trace metals by icpms and silica by colorimetric analysis). Funding was provided by the NERC grant NE/M019829/1.

  • Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica. An animated time series plot of 64 profiles of ice base and surface elevation along a flowline based on the mean flow direction. The flowline passes through a region of large elevation change that took place between 2014 and 2017. The work was funded by NERC projects NE/P011365/1 and NE/S006605/1

  • A new version of this dataset exists. To see the last version of the Antarctic Digital Database, have a look here: https://data.bas.ac.uk/collections/e74543c0-4c4e-4b41-aa33-5bb2f67df389/ Coastline for Antarctica created from various mapping and remote sensing sources, consisting of the following coast types: ice coastline, rock coastline, grounding line, ice shelf and front, ice rumple, and rock against ice shelf. Covering all land and ice shelves south of 60S. Suitable for topographic mapping and analysis. This dataset has been generalised from the high resolution vector polyline. Medium resolution versions of ADD data are suitable for scales smaller than 1:1,000,000, although certain regions will appear more detailed than others due to variable data availability and coastline characteristics. Changes in v7.7 include updates Brunt Ice Shelf, ice fronts on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers and the ice fronts and coastline around Charcot Island. Data quality checks were also performed to ensure existing features were categorised correctly around Getz Ice Shelf. Data compiled, managed and distributed by the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre and the UK Polar Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey on behalf of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

  • The British Antarctic Survey holds magnetic data measuring the plasmaspheric mass loading on magnetic field lines in Antarctica. The network of Low Power Magnetometer (LPM) instruments consists of permanent and temporary sites. The data is collected in 3 D fluxgate at up to 1 second and 1 nT resolution. Samples are taken once a second for 150 milliseconds at maximum power. This decreases to once a minute if power is low over the winter. Time and position is measured using an attached GPS system.

  • The total number of seals on Signy Island is counted in February each year. The island is divided into 6 areas, sub-divided into 105 zones and the number of Antarctic Fur seals, Elephant seals, Weddell seals and other seal species in each zone is counted typically over a two day period. For Fur seals the number of pups, white seals and entangled seals are also recorded. The first recorded count was conducted in 1974 and counts have been done annually since 1985.

  • In 2008 RRS James Clark Ross investigated the marine benthic biodiversity in Amundsen Sea and in 2018 the marine benthic biodiversity of the Prince Gustav Channel (PGC) area and the macrobenthic cumacean fauna (Peracarida, Crustacea) collected by epibenthic sledge (EBS) has been assessed for species richness, abundance and assemblage composition. In total 4431 cumacean specimens assigned to 58 morphospecies and 5 families were identified. To set the cumacean dataset into a wider context, published cumacean species richness and abundance data from EBS collected stations in the Magellan Region and Southern Ocean (Rehm et al 2007, Muehlenhardt-Siegel 1999, Cordoba & San Vincente 2009) were added. This dataset provides data for 1) Amundsen Sea and PGC EBS locations, 2) Amundsen Sea and PGC EBS cumacean abundances, 3) Magellan Region and Southern Ocean EBS cumacean standardised 1000 m trawl length abundances (175 - 3500 m depth). Funding for the expeditions and KL was provided by NERC NC Science for the BAS core project BIOPEARL and for NERC urgency grant NE/R012296/1 ''Benthic biodiversity under Antarctic ice-shelves - baseline assessment of the seabed exposed by the 2017 calving of the Larsen-C Ice Shelf''. Funding for DD was provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grant Br1121/51-1.

  • Water column acoustic data collected in the Scotia Sea (from 2006-10-24 to 2006-12-03) during cruise JR161. Multi-frequency (38,120 and 200 kHz) acoustic data were collected using a Simrad EK60 echo sounder. The dataset comprises of calibrated and processed 38 kHz volume backscattering strength (Sv, dB re 1m-1). Data processing was undertaken using Echoview and Matlab. Processed netCDF data files are made available as part of the NERC Southern Ocean Network of Acoustics (SONA) and the EU MESOPP project.

  • The files include full analytical details and datasets from the laboratories used for the acquisition of U-Pb zircon geochronology, Lu-Hf isotope geochemistry and 40Ar/39Ar analysis of detrital white mica. Also included are a list of all the published datasets used in the construction of the MDS and ridge plots for detailed regional comparisons. The data were collected in the interval January 2021 to March 2022 across a number of laboratories: Stockholm, University College London, British Geological Survey, Trinity College Dublin, Australian National University (U-Pb zircon geochronology); Open University (40Ar/39Ar analysis) and British Geological Survey (Lu-Hf isotopes). The analyses were conducted by Teal Riley (Stockholm, British Geological Survey), Ian Millar (Australian National University), Andrew Carter (University College London), Joaquin Bastias (Trinity College Dublin), Craig Storey (Open University). The analyses were conducted to examine the provenance and depositional history of the accretionary LeMay Group complex of Alexander Island.

  • The dataset contains terminus positions and flowlines of the Vincennes Bay Outlet Glaciers, for the years 1963-2022. These are provided as shapefiles, associated with a paper submitted to The Cryosphere entitled Extensive and anomalous grounding line retreat at Vanderford Glacier, Vincennes Bay, Wilkes Land, East Antarctica (Picton et al., 2023). The dataset is divided into three separate folders: (i) flowlines, (ii) sampling boxes, and (iii) terminus positions. The flowlines and sampling boxes, shown in Figure 1B (Picton et al., 2023), were used to facilitate data collection. The terminus positions represent annual terminus positions manually digitised from satellite imagery. Flowlines, sampling boxes and terminus positions are provided for each of the Vincennes Bay outlet glaciers: Vanderford, Adams, Anzac, Bond East, Bond West, and Underwood. Chris Stokes and Stewart Jamieson acknowledge funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council grant NE/R000824/1.