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Operation IceBridge



IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice. These flights will provide a yearly, multi-instrument look at the behavior of the rapidly changing features of the Greenland and Antarctic ice. Data collected during IceBridge will help scientists bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) -- in orbit since 2003 -- and ICESat-2, planned for late 2015. ICESat stopped collecting science data in 2009, making IceBridge critical for ensuring a continuous series of observations. IceBridge will use airborne instruments to map Arctic and Antarctic areas once a year. The first IceBridge flights were conducted in March/May 2009 over Greenland and in October/November 2009 over Antarctica. Other smaller airborne surveys around the world are also part of the IceBridge campaign.


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link to gallery item Arctic 2014 video series

Arctic 2014 video series
link to gallery item Measuring Elevation Changes on the Greenland Ice Sheet

Measuring Elevation Changes on the Greenland Ice Sheet
link to gallery item Operation IceBridge 2013 Antarctic Campaign B-Roll

Operation IceBridge 2013 Antarctic Campaign B-Roll
link to gallery item Ross Sea Highlights

Ross Sea Highlights
link to gallery item First Landing at McMurdo

First Landing at McMurdo
link to gallery item From the Cockpit: The Best of IceBridge Arctic 2013

From the Cockpit: The Best of IceBridge Arctic 2013
link to gallery item Antarctic Bedrock

Antarctic Bedrock
link to gallery item Flying Low over Southeast Greenland

Flying Low over Southeast Greenland
link to gallery item Keeping a Close Eye on Jakobshavn

Keeping a Close Eye on Jakobshavn
link to gallery item Operation IceBridge:  Wheels Down in Thule

Operation IceBridge: Wheels Down in Thule
link to gallery item Antarctic 2012 video series

Antarctic 2012 video series
link to gallery item Massive Crack in Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf

Massive Crack in Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf
link to gallery item Flying through the Rift: An update on the crack in the P.I.G.

Flying through the Rift: An update on the crack in the P.I.G.
link to gallery item DC-8 Floor plan animation

DC-8 Floor plan animation
link to gallery item West Antarctic Glacier Ice Flows and Elevation Change

West Antarctic Glacier Ice Flows and Elevation Change
link to gallery item Operation IceBridge Hyperwall video (v1)

Operation IceBridge Hyperwall video (v1)
link to gallery item Laser Radar Animation

Laser Radar Animation

Arctic

In March, Operation IceBridge flies out of Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, measuring the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic sea ice with its instruments aboard a P-3B aircraft from the Wallops Flight Facility. The LViS instrument fiels on a smaller aircraft which in 2012 was NASA Langley's HU-25C.
link to gallery item Five teachers, 500 meters above Greenland

Five teachers, 500 meters above Greenland
link to gallery item NASA'S OPERACI

NASA'S OPERACI
link to gallery item NASA and ESA in an Arctic Alliance

NASA and ESA in an Arctic Alliance
link to gallery item IceBridge Field Update on a Day Off (2011)

IceBridge Field Update on a Day Off (2011)
link to gallery item Building a Bigger Bridge - OIB Arctic 2011 Preview

Building a Bigger Bridge - OIB Arctic 2011 Preview
link to gallery item IceBridge Flies the Ice Caps (2011)

IceBridge Flies the Ice Caps (2011)
link to gallery item OIB Arctic 2011 LIveshot with Tom Wagner

OIB Arctic 2011 LIveshot with Tom Wagner
link to gallery item AMSR-E Arctic Sea Ice: September 2010 to March 2011

AMSR-E Arctic Sea Ice: September 2010 to March 2011
link to gallery item Operation Ice Bridge 2011 Arctic Flight Paths and Change in Elevation Data over Greenland

Operation Ice Bridge 2011 Arctic Flight Paths and Change in Elevation Data over Greenland
link to gallery item OIB Arctic 2011 45-second package

OIB Arctic 2011 45-second package
link to gallery item Eight Down, One To Go (2011)

Eight Down, One To Go (2011)
link to gallery item Behind the Scenes with Operation IceBridge (2010)

Behind the Scenes with Operation IceBridge (2010)
link to gallery item Operation IceBridge Arctic 2010 Campaign Takes Off: reporters package

Operation IceBridge Arctic 2010 Campaign Takes Off: reporters package
link to gallery item Live interview with Lora Koenig on IceBridge and the 2010 Arctic sea ice maximum

Live interview with Lora Koenig on IceBridge and the 2010 Arctic sea ice maximum
link to gallery item Operation IceBridge Arctic 2010 Pre-Mission Video

Operation IceBridge Arctic 2010 Pre-Mission Video

Antarctic

In October, Operation IceBridge flies over Antarctica from its base of operations in Punta Arenas, Chile, typically with the DC-8 aircraft supplied by NASA Dryden. A smaller aircraft carrying the LViS instrument also joins the campaign, which in 2011 was a Gulfstream V operated by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
link to gallery item OIB Antarctic 2011 Mission Preview

OIB Antarctic 2011 Mission Preview
link to gallery item Antarctic 2011 video reel - Aircraft and Crew

Antarctic 2011 video reel - Aircraft and Crew
link to gallery item Antarctic 2011 video reel - Instruments

Antarctic 2011 video reel - Instruments
link to gallery item Antarctic 2011 video reel - Scenery

Antarctic 2011 video reel - Scenery
link to gallery item IceBridge Antarctic 2010 Video File

IceBridge Antarctic 2010 Video File
link to gallery item IceBridge Antarctic Peninsula Flight Highlights - Nov. 13, 2010

IceBridge Antarctic Peninsula Flight Highlights - Nov. 13, 2010
link to gallery item Operation Ice Bridge Flight Paths - Antarctica Fall 2010 Campaign

Operation Ice Bridge Flight Paths - Antarctica Fall 2010 Campaign


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