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Current* Antarctic large iceberg positions derived from OSCAT and ASCAT**

* Last revised: 12:08:01 10/17/14

**Operational users please note: This list cannot possibly contain all potentially hazardous icebergs in Antarctic waters -- Scatterometers such as OSCAT and ASCAT were designed for measuring ocean winds, not icebergs. Scatterometer data is useful for tracking icebergs, but is limited. ASCAT C-band scatterometer data has much less contrast between icebergs and open water and has less resolution than OSCAT Ku-band data. Futher, as the SCP team is not an operational agency, errors are expected and we cannot be held responsible for omissions or errors in this database. Also note that the large icebergs tracked here tend to shed smaller iceberg fragments which are serious navigation hazards in nearby areas. Fragments (large and small) can drift substantial distances from their origins.

This information supplements the Antarctic Iceberg dataset maintained by the U.S. National Ice Center (NIC). If an inconsistency is observed, we recommend that NIC be considered authoritative.

This page is typically updated once or twice a week, typically on Mondays and Fridays. Positions reported here are extracted from near real-time OSCAT and/or ASCAT data. Positions reported in the full iceberg database are generated from science data and have been more accurately tracked. The full database is updated only a few times per year

Iceberg***   Longitude   Lattitude Most recent observation  
(day of year****)
a23a42 8'W 75 55'S 288
a5652 52'W 72 3'S 288
a5749 32'W 77 5'S 288
a6116 49'W 72 28'S 288
a6345 1'W 76 28'S 288
a6460 57'W 69 44'S 288
b09b142 46'E 66 39'S 288
b09c54 14'E 65 37'S 288
b09d29 41'E 69 2'S 288
b09f49 25'E 66 18'S 288
b09g53 32'E 65 29'S 288
b15aa51 32'E 65 56'S 288
b15ab51 34'E 65 52'S 288
b15r42 12'W 71 32'S 288
b15t46 40'E 66 31'S 288
b15x56 55'W 67 55'S 288
b15y57 13'W 64 29'S 288
b15z48 51'E 66 16'S 288
b1642 16'E 67 12'S 288
b17a42 7'W 55 37'S 288
b22a109 2'W 74 3'S 288
b28108 49'W 74 44'S 288
b29109 53'W 75 3'S 288
b30128 42'W 73 21'S 288
b31108 59'W 72 37'S 288
c15146 5'E 67 10'S 288
c18b114 4'E 65 28'S 288
c21b96 42'E 64 41'S 288
c2495 46'E 64 58'S 288
c28a2124 18'E 66 5'S 288
c28b53 55'E 65 32'S 288
d1581 39'E 66 8'S 288
d2036 51'E 69 10'S 288
d21a72 34'E 66 39'S 288
d21b85 26'E 66 6'S 288
d2286 54'E 66 0'S 288
uk09380 49'E 66 36'S 288
uk31592 27'E 65 44'S 288
uk316140 2'E 65 56'S 288
uk32154 11'W 61 14'S 288
uk32257 27'W 69 13'S 288

*** National Ice Center (NIC) iceberg designations are used where possible. Additional fragments are numbered. Icebergs not designated by NIC are denoted as "uk". Fragments not separately tracked by NIC may have additional numbers following their designation.

**** UTC day-of-year. Day of year chart

BYU Antarctic Iceberg Database - Comprehensive historic database of Antarctic iceberg positions derived from enhanced resolution scatterometer image time series spanning from 1978 through the present.

Papers on QuikSCAT iceberg tracking:
Paper (2.1MB pdf) K.M. Stuart and D.G. Long, "Tracking large tabular icebergs using the SeaWinds Ku-band microwave scatterometer", Deep-Sea Research Part II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.11.004, Vol. 59, pp. 1285-1300, 2011.
Paper (620 kB pdf) D.G. Long, Jarom Ballantyne, and C. Bertoia, "Is the Number of Icebergs Really Increasing?" EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Vol. 83, No. 42, pp 469 & 474, 15 Oct. 2002