NASA's IceBridge Data Collected During CryoSat-2 Underflights

Operation IceBridge

The Operation IceBridge mission, initiated in 2009, collects airborne remote sensing measurements to bridge the gap between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) mission and the upcoming ICESat-2 mission. One of the goals of Operation IceBridge is to provide links and bridges between different satellite missions that are gathering data about the Cryosphere. Whenever practical, the OIB team attempts to schedule and route flights so that they are able to gather data near the path of these satellites around the same time that the satellites will be orbiting the area. One of the satellites for which this is done is the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2. As part of a collaborative effort between ESA and NASA, IceBridge is also contributing to the validation campaign for CryoSat-2.

CryoSat-2

ESA's CryoSat-2 ice mission launched in April 2010 to monitor changes in the thickness of ice changes in both the marine ice floating in the polar oceans and the vast ice sheets that overlie Greenland and Antarctica. There are a number of ways to access the CryoSat-2 data through the ESA web-site. Most require the user register with ESA, but access to the data is free.

The following tables list NASA's IceBridge data collected during CryoSat-2 underflights. Each table row represents an IceBridge data collection flight. An x in an instrument column indicates that the instrument was operational and collecting data on the flight. Instrument names and abbreviations are listed at the bottom of the page.

Operation IceBridge Greenland/Arctic Sea Ice 2014

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
P-3B
Flight #
Mission ATM DMS Snow radar Ku-Band radar Accumulation radar MCoRDS KT19 Albedo
2014-03-26 F11 Sea Ice – Zigzag West x x x x x x x x
2014-04-28 F30 Sea Ice - North Pole Transect x x x x x x x x
2014-05-02 F34 Cryosat Land x x x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge Greenland/Arctic Sea Ice 2013

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
P-3B
Flight #
Mission ATM DMS Snow radar Ku-Band radar Accumulation radar MCoRDS KT19
2013-03-20 F01 Sea Ice - CryoSat-2 x x x x x x x
2013-03-24 to 2013-03-25 F05 Sea Ice - SIZRS ZigZag x x x x x x
2013-04-24 F24 Sea Ice - North Pole Transect x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge Greenland/Arctic Sea Ice 2012

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
P-3B
Flight #
Mission ATM MCoRDS Snow radar Ku-Band radar Accumulation radar DMS KT19 Skin Temp. Gravimeter Magneto- meter
2012-03-15 F02 Beaufort-Chukchi Zigzag x x x x x x x
2012-03-17 F04 Alaska Coastal Zigzag A x x x x x x x
2012-03-26 F09 Wingham Box x x x x x x x x
2012-03-28 F11 CryoSat-2 underflight & Inglefield Bredning/Qaanaaq x x x x x x x
2012-03-29 F12 ZigZag West (modified) & ESA CryoVEx x x x x x x x x
2012-03-30 F13 Cryoland x x x x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge Greenland/Arctic Sea Ice 2011

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
P-3B
Flight #
Mission ATM MCoRDS Snow radar Ku-Band radar Accumulation radar DMS POS/AV Gravimeter Magneto- meter
03/17/2011 F02 Sea Ice CryoSat-2 Underflight x x x x x x x x
03/23/2011 F05 Sea Ice – ICEX Camp Survey / Fairbanks x x x x x x x x
03/29/2011 F09 CryoSat Land Ice x x x x x x x x x
04/15/2011 F20 Sea Ice CryoVEx x x x x x x x x
04/26/2011 F27 Geikie 01 x x x x x x x x x
05/05/2011 F32 Devon Ice Cap - CryoVEx x x x x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge Greenland/Arctic Sea Ice 2010

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
DC-8
Flight #
Mission LVIS POS/AV DMS MCoRDS Gravimeter ATM Ku-band radar Snow radar
04/20/2010 100215 Sea Ice 07 x x x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge West Antarctica/Antarctic Sea Ice 2012

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
DC-8 Flight # Mission ATM DMS Snow Radar Ku-band Radar MCoRDS KT-19 Gravimeter
11/7/2012 130119 F16: Weddell Sea Endurance x x x x x x
11/7/2012 - 11/8/2012 130120 F16 Weddell Sea - Endurance x x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge West Antarctica/Antarctic Sea Ice 2011

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
DC-8 Flight # Mission ATM MCoRDS Snow Radar Ku-band Radar DMS Gravimeter
10/13/2011 120105 Sea Ice Weddell Sea – CryoSat-2 x x x x x
11/12/2011 120123 TSK 2 Cryo x x x x x x

Operation IceBridge West Antarctica/Antarctic Sea Ice 2010

Date
(mm/dd/yyyy)
Flight # Mission ATM MCoRDS Snow Radar Ku-band Radar LVIS DLH AVOCET DACOM WAS DMS Gravity POS/AV CAMBOT
10/28/2010 DC8 F02 (110107) Sea Ice 02/CryoSat-2 underflight x x x x x x x
11/19/2010 DC8 F09 (110114) TSK 2 Cryo x x x x x x x x

Instrument Names

Instrument Abbreviation Instrument
Albedo Spectrometer that measures ice albedo, or reflectivity.
AMET Airborne Meteorological Instruments - hygrometers, air temperature, IR surface temperature pyrometer
ATM Airborne Topographic Mapper
AVOCET Atmospheric Vertical Observations of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth's Troposphere
CAMBOT Continuous Airborne Mapping By Optical Translator
DACOM Differential Absorption CO (carbon monoxide) Measurement
DLH Diode Laser Hygrometer Camera
DMS Digital Mapping System Camera
Gravity Gravity Instrument
JH-APL-PARIS Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Pathfinder Advanced Radar Ice Sounder
Ku-band Radar The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Ku-Band Radar Altimeter
Snow Radar The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Snow Radar
LVIS Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor
MCoRDS The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Multichannel Coherent Radar Depth Sounder
PARIS Pathfinder Advanced Radar Ice Sounder
POS/AV Position and Orientation instrument
Snow Radar The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Snow Radar
UAF Lidar University of Alaska Fairbanks Lidar
WAS Whole Air Sampler