Video tutorial on the NASA Operation IceBridge Data Portal

NASA's P-3 Orion research aircraft being prepared for a mission in Antarctica in 2013

NASA’s P-3 Orion research aircraft being prepared for a mission in Antarctica in 2013. Credit: Michael Studinger, NASA

Those of you interested in NASA Operation IceBridge data may benefit from taking a moment to sit back and watch this video recording of a webinar overviewing the IceBridge mission and how to use the data portal. Steve Tanner, manager of the IceBridge data archive at NSIDC, guides us through a brief introduction to the IceBridge airborne mission and takes us, step by step, through the process of searching for and downloading IceBridge data. The video is from a live webinar hosted by NASA EOSDIS.

NASA Operation IceBridge data is of particular interest to researchers looking for remote sensing measurements over the polar regions from 2009 to the present. This airborne mission is designed to work in conjunction with satellite missions such as ICESat-1, CryoSat, and the upcoming ICESat-2.

View the video tutorial by visiting the NASA EarthData webinar page and scrolling to the entry for the Operation IceBridge Portal webinar.

Find out more information about IceBridge data at the NSIDC IceBridge overview page.

Recent enhancements to the NASA IceBridge Data Portal

The NASA IceBridge Project is comprised of airborne data over the most dynamic areas of the Arctic, Greenland, Alaska and Antarctica. The data gathered by this project are unique in that they are spatially referenced by flight lines, flights are flown during approximately 3-month campaigns, and data are collected by a wide variety of instrumentation.

The NASA IceBridge Data Portal provides a single location from which one can get an overview of all the IceBridge data sets. It allows for map-based visualization of the flight paths via polar views of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.  Using a variety of filters and image overlays, one can visualize, search and download IceBridge data campaigns. NSIDC recently added some new capabilities to the IceBridge Data Portal. These new features include:

– A simpler display which allows users to hide and move informational windows

– The ability to filter results by selecting one or more instruments

– A tar-on-the-fly option for downloading complete directories of data at once

– New map layers for enhanced visualization including:

  • Mosaic of Greenland (MOG)
  • Shaded Relief DEM
  • MEaSUREs Velocity Map
  • Mosaic of Antarctica (MOA)
  • Antarctic Bedrock DEM
  • Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP)

Begin your search for IceBridge data through the newly improved NASA IceBridge Data Portal.