Dataset Information
McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Core Glacier Mass Balance Data, Antarctica
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Fountain, A. G., Basagic, H., Langevin, P., Lyons, W. B., & Nylen, T. (2009) "McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Core Glacier Mass Balance Data, Antarctica" U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Data Center. doi:
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As part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, a systematic sampling program has been undertaken to monitor mass balance of the Taylor Valley glaciers. Data were collected from the Canada, Commonwealth, Howard, Hughes, Suess and Taylor glaciers, located in the Taylor Valley of Antarctica. Monitoring the changes in these measurements over time provides a record of mass balance, and aids in determining the role of glaciers in the polar hydrologic cycle.
Date Created:
USAP-DC (current) - NSIDC (original)
Spatial Extent(s)
West: 161.04, East: 163.03, South: -78.08, North: -77.3
Temporal Extent(s)
Start: 1993-01-01 - End: 2009-12-31
  1. Doran P. T., McKay C. P., Clow G. D., Dana G. L., Fountain A. G., Nylen T., and W. B. Lyons. 2002. Valley floor climate observations from the MrcMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, 1986-2000, Journal of Geophysical Research, 107, 1-12, DOI: 10.1029/2001JD002045 (doi:10.1029/2001JD002045)
  2. Doran P. T., Priscu J. C., Lyons W. B., McKnight D. M., Fountain A. G., Virginia R. A.,Wall D. H., Parsons A. N., McKay C. P., Clow G. D., Moorhead D. L., and C. H. Fritsen. 2002. Antarctic climate cooling and terrestrial ecosystem response, Nature, 415: 517-520. (doi:10.1038/nature710)
  3. Doran, Peter T., Gayle L. Dana, Jordan T. Hastings and Robert A. Wharton, Jr. 1995. McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER): LTER automatic weather network (LAWN), Antarctic Journal of the United States, 30 (5): 276-280.
  4. Hoffman, M. J., Fountain, A. G., and G. E. Liston. 2008. Surface energy balance and melt thresholds over 11 years at Taylor Glacier, East Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F04014,. (doi:10.1029/2008JF001029)
  5. Fountain A. G., Lewis K. J., and P. T. Doran. 1999. Spatial and climatic variations and its control on glacier equilibrium line altitude in Taylor Valley, Antarctica, Global and Planetary Change, 22: 1-10. (doi:10.1016/S0921-8181(99)00020-X)
  6. Fountain, A. G., Nylen, T. H., MacClune, K. J., G. L. Dana. 2006. Glacier mass balances (1993-2001) Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology, 52(178), 451-462., Fountain, A. G., Nylen, T. H., Monaghan, A., Basagic, H. J. and D. Bromwich. 2009. Snow in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. International Journal of Climatology. Published Online: May 7 2009 9:54AM DOI: 10.1002/joc.1933 (doi:10.1002/joc.1933)
  7. Nylen, T., Fountain, A. G., and P. Doran. 2004. Climatology of katabatic winds in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. J. Geophysical Research, 109, D03114, doi10.10292003JD003937, 9p. (doi:10.10292003JD003937)
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