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antbounds documentation

The antbounds function plots line data from the line data in the MEaSURES Antarctic Boundaries for IPY 2007-2009 from Satellite Radar dataset Version 2.

The dataset is described on the NSIDC site here:



h = antbounds(...)


antbounds(datatype) plots any of the following datatypes:

  • 'coast' seaward limit of the ice sheet
  • 'gl' landward limit of flexure detected by InSAR
  • 'shelves' a cell array of all ice 180 ice shelves in the dataset
  • 'shelfname' any of the shelf names in the dataset, must be exactly one of the following:
      'Abbot'                 'Getz 1'               'Porter'
      'Abbot 1'               'Getz 2'               'PourquoiPas'
      'Abbot 2'               'Gillet'               'Prince Harald'
      'Abbot 3'               'Hamilton'             'Publications'
      'Abbot 4'               'Hamilton Piedmont'    'Quar'
      'Abbot 5'               'Hannan'               'Quatermain Point'
      'Abbot 6'               'HarbordGlacier'       'Rayner Thyer'
      'Ainsworth'             'Harmon Bay'           'Rennick'
      'Alison'                'Hayes Coats Coast'    'Richter'
      'Amery'                 'Helen'                'Riiser-Larsen'
      'Andreyev'              'Holmes'               'Ronne'
      'Arneb'                 'Holt'                 'Rose Point'
      'Astrolabe'             'HornBluff'            'Ross East'
      'Atka'                  'Hoseason'             'Ross West'
      'Aviator'               'Hovde'                'Rund Bay'
      'Bach'                  'Hull'                 'Rydberg Peninsula 1'
      'Barber'                'Hummer Point'         'Rydberg Peninsula 2'
      'Baudouin'              'Ironside'             'Sandford'
      'Borchgrevink'          'Jackson'              'Shackleton'
      'Brahms'                'Jelbart'              'Shirase'
      'Britten'               'Kirkby'               'Skallen'
      'Brunt Stancomb'        'Land'                 'Slava'
      'Campbell'              'LarsenA'              'SmithInlet'
      'CapeWashington'        'LarsenB'              'Sorsdal'
      'Cheetham'              'LarsenC'              'Stange'
      'Chugunov'              'LarsenD'              'Sulzberger'
      'Cirque Fjord'          'LarsenD 1'            'Suter'
      'ClarkeBay'             'LarsenE'              'Suvorov'
      'Commandant Charcot'    'LarsenF'              'Swinburne'
      'Conger Glenzer'        'LarsenG'              'Telen'
      'Cook'                  'Lauritzen'            'Thomson'
      'Cosgrove'              'Lazarev'              'Thwaites'
      'Crosson'               'Lillie'               'Tinker'
      'Dalk'                  'Liotard'              'Totten'
      'Dawson Lambton'        'Mandible Cirque'      'Tracy Tremenchus'
      'Deakin'                'Manhaul'              'Tucker'
      'Dennistoun'            'Marin'                'Underwood'
      'Dibble'                'Mariner'              'Utsikkar'
      'Dotson'                'Marret'               'Venable'
      'Drury'                 'Matusevitch'          'Verdi'
      'Drygalski'             'May Glacier'          'Vigrid'
      'Edward VIII'           'McLeod'               'Vincennes Bay'
      'Ekstrom'               'Mendelssohn'          'Voyeykov'
      'Eltanin Bay'           'Mertz'                'Walgreen Coast 1'
      'Erebus'                'Morse'                'Walgreen Coast 2'
      'Falkner'               'Moscow University'    'WattBay'
      'Ferrigno'              'Moubray'              'West'
      'Filchner'              'Mulebreen'            'Whittle'
      'Fimbul'                'Myers'                'Wilkins'
      'Fisher'                'Nansen'               'Williamson'
      'Fitzgerald'            'Nickerson'            'WilmaRobertDowner'
      'Flatnes'               'Ninnis'               'Withrow'
      'Fox'                   'Nivl'                 'Wordie (Airy Rotz Seller)'
      'Francais'              'Noll'                 'Wordie (Cape Jeremy)'
      'Frost'                 'Nordenskjold'         'Wordie (Harriott)'
      'Gannutz'               'Parker'               'Wordie (Harriott Headland)'
      'Garfield'              'Paternostro'          'Wordie (Prospect)'
      'GeikieInlet'           'Perkins'              'Wylde'
      'George VI'             'Philbin Inlet'        'Zelee'
      'Getz'                  'Pine Island'          'Zubchatyy'

antbounds(datatype,PropertyName,PropertyValue,...) formats the line properties with linewidth, color, etc.

antbounds(datatype,'km') plots in polar stereographic kilometers rather than meters.

h = antbounds(...) returns a handle h of the plotted object(s)


Plot a coastline like this:


Overlay a red grounding line like this:


Outline Amery Ice Shelf with a fat magenta line like this:


Citing this dataset

If you use this dataset, please cite the following:

  • The dataset: Mouginot, J., B. Scheuchl, and E. Rignot. 2017. MEaSUREs Antarctic Boundaries for IPY 2007-2009 from Satellite Radar, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center.

Author Info

This function and supporting documentation were written by Chad A. Greene of the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), November 2016. Updated May 2017.