Earth  ID: 13477

Operation IceBridge - Spring Svalbard Sea Ice

On April 7, 2017, Operation IceBridge flew the distinct Zig Zag East mission. This flight started in the rugged fjords of Svalbard, passed over hundreds of miles of sea ice en route to the North Pole, flew through the narrow Nares Strait, and finally returned the team back to Thule Air Base in Greenland.

The clip below shows dramatic sea ice encountered north of Svalbard as the mission prepard to cross the Fram Strait (the primary pathway that sea ice from the Arctic Basin gets out to warmer ocean). This type of sea ice is commonly referred to as broken pack ice.


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https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/SeaIce


Credits

Jefferson Beck (USRA): Lead Videographer
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
Operation IceBridge

Keywords:
SVS >> Climate
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> Snow and Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Location >> Svalbard
GCMD >> Location >> Arctic
SVS >> Operation IceBridge
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0