Cryosphere Video Files

This page contains resource reels or Video Files about arctic sea ice, land ice and glaciers. Related missions include ICESat, ICESat-II, Operation IceBridge, among others. The Video Files are listed with the most current at the top of the page.

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Operation IceBridge 2011: Greenland

Operation IceBridge Fall 2010: Antarctic

Petermann Glacier Video File

On August 5, 2010, an enormous chunk of ice, roughly 97 square miles in size, broke off the Petermann Glacier, along the northwestern coast of Greenland. The glacier lost about one-quarter of its 40-mile long floating ice shelf, the Northern Hemisphere's largest. It's not unusual for large icebergs to calve off the Petermann Glacier, but this new one is the largest to form in the Arctic since 1962.

Operation IceBridge Spring 2010: Greenland

  • Arctic 2010 Video File - 3/18/10
    IceBridge launches its spring 2010 campaign to measure Arctic ice. Deploying from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., on March 20, IceBridge scientists will fly to Thule, Greenland. Researchers from NASA, University of Kansas, Columbia University and University of North Dakota will spend the next two and a half months surveying Arctic sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers. Ice Bridge will "bridge" data from NASA's ICESat and ICESat-2 satellites to provide a continuous look at how Arctic ice is changing.
  • Arctic 2010 Video File - 4/23/10
    NASA's Operation IceBridge enters the second phase of the Arctic 2010 campaign in Greenland. Next week, NASA's DC-8 aircraft will return from Thule Air Base in Greenland to Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The fully equipped P-3B airplane will deploy from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland for the remainder of the mission. The mission is measuring the Arctic ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

NASA's Arctic Voyage Video File

The ICESCAPE mission, which stands for "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," is NASA's first dedicated oceanographic field campaign. During the summer of 2009, scientists investigated the impacts of climate change on the ecology and biogeochemistry of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas along Alaska's northern coast. ICESCAPE took to sea onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the United States' newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker. The Healy conducts a wide range of research activities and is designed to break four-and-a-half feet of ice continuously at three knots.
  • NASA's Oceanographic Voyage - ICESCAPE
    The ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," is NASA's first dedicated oceanographic field campaign. From June-July 2010, scientists onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy spent five weeks at sea studying how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. On June 25, 2011, researchers embark on the mission's second and final campaign. The multiyear observations collected from the icebreaker will help us interpret what instruments in space tell us, as well as turn up some new discoveries.