Antarctic Bedmap data: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) sharing of 60 years of ice bed, surface, and thickness data

A. C. Frémand*, P. Fretwell*, J. A. Bodart, H. D. Pritchard, A. Aitken, J. L. Bamber, R. Bell, C. Bianchi, R. G. Bingham, D. D. Blankenship, G. Casassa, G. Catania, K. Christianson, H. Conway, H. F. J. Corr, X. Cui, D. Damaske, V. Damm, R. Drews, G. EaglesO. Eisen, H. Eisermann, F. Ferraccioli, E. Field, R. Forsberg, S. Franke, S. Fujita, Y. Gim, V. Goel, S. P. Gogineni, J. Greenbaum, B. Hills, R. C. A. Hindmarsh, A. O. Hoffman, P. Holmlund, N. Holschuh, J. W. Holt, A. N. Horlings, A. Humbert, R. W. Jacobel, D. Jansen, A. Jenkins, W. Jokat, T. Jordan, E. King, J. Kohler, W. Krabill, M. Kusk Gillespie, K. Langley, J. Lee, G. Leitchenkov, C. Leuschen, B. Luyendyk, J. MacGregor, E. MacKie, K. Matsuoka, M. Morlighem, J. Mouginot, F. O. Nitsche, Y. Nogi, O. A. Nost, J. Paden, F. Pattyn, S. V. Popov, E. Rignot, D. M. Rippin, A. Rivera, J. Roberts, N. Ross, A. Ruppel, D. M. Schroeder, M. J. Siegert, A. M. Smith, D. Steinhage, M. Studinger, B. Sun, I. Tabacco, K. Tinto, S. Urbini, D. Vaughan, B. C. Welch, D. S. Wilson, D. A. Young, A. Zirizzotti

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One of the key components of this research has been the mapping of Antarctic bed topography and ice thickness parameters that are crucial for modelling ice flow and hence for predicting future ice loss and the ensuing sea level rise. Supported by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Bedmap3 Action Group aims not only to produce new gridded maps of ice thickness and bed topography for the international scientific community, but also to standardize and make available all the geophysical survey data points used in producing the Bedmap gridded products. Here, we document the survey data used in the latest iteration, Bedmap3, incorporating and adding to all of the datasets previously used for Bedmap1 and Bedmap2, including ice bed, surface and thickness point data from all Antarctic geophysical campaigns since the 1950s. More specifically, we describe the processes used to standardize and make these and future surveys and gridded datasets accessible under the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data principles. With the goals of making the gridding process reproducible and allowing scientists to re-use the data freely for their own analysis, we introduce the new SCAR Bedmap Data Portal (, last access: 1 March 2023) created to provide unprecedented open access to these important datasets through a web-map interface. We believe that this data release will be a valuable asset to Antarctic research and will greatly extend the life cycle of the data held within it. Data are available from the UK Polar Data Centre: (last access: 5 May 2023​​​​​​​). See the Data availability section for the complete list of datasets.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)2695-2710
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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