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Inland limits to diffusion of thinning along Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glaciers

Felikson, Denis; Catania, Ginny; Bartholomaus, Timothy; Morlighem, Mathieu; Noël, Brice

This dataset contains limits to the inland diffusion of terminus-initiated thinning along 141 Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glaciers. The data is separated in 187 files and each file contains data for an individual outlet glacier or a branch of an outlet glacier. Shapefiles and NetCDF files are provided with data for 6 primary flowlines, and up to 18 iterated flowlines, spanning the width of each glacier. The iterated flowlines are used to find the furthest inland thinning limits (see the associated publication for more details). Files are named glacierXXXX where XXXX is the identifier for an individual glacier or branch. Identifiers that begin with a letter ('a', 'b', 'c', or 'd') represent a separate branch of an outlet glacier. Shapefiles filenames have an additional _iterNN suffix, where NN identifies the iteration number of that set of flowlines.

The shapefiles contain multiple features, each of which is one flowline. Each flowline has a "flowline" attribute, a two-digit identifier that corresponds to the same identifier in the NetCDF files. The NetCDF files contains glacier geometry, dynamic thinning, Peclet number, and identified knickpoints, extracted and calculated along the primary and iterated flowlines. The flowlines in the NetCDF files have a regular 50-meter spacing between nodes, whereas the flowlines in the shapefiles have a coarser and irregular spacing.

More information on how the flowlines were derived and how data was extracted and calculated is in the associated publication (Felikson et al., 2020), with a DOI to be provided. Example code that can be used to read and plot the data can be obtained at

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