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Operation IceBridge - Western Greenland

NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth’s polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system. IceBridge utilizes a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of innovative science instruments ever assembled to characterize annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. In addition, IceBridge collects critical data used to predict the response of earth’s polar ice to climate change and resulting sea-level rise.

In 2019, IceBridge was based out of Kangerlussuaq in western Greenland, surveying both sea ice and land ice. Flight lines include survey lines over the Jakobshavn and Kangerlussuaq glaciers, as well as surveyed several IceSat2 ground tracks in southern Greenland. The flights also revealed a startling amount of early spring melt ponds on Greenland's ice sheet.

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Operation IceBridge

SVS >> Ice
SVS >> Snow and Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Frozen Ground >> Cryosols
GCMD >> Location >> Greenland
SVS >> Climate Change
SVS >> Operation IceBridge
SVS >> Arctic Ice Thickness
NASA Science >> Earth

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