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IceBridge DMS L0 Camera Calibration, Version 1

This data set contains camera calibration reports for IceBridge Digital Mapping System (DMS) missions flown over Antarctica and Greenland.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: 60, E: 180, W: -180

  • N: -53, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 17 September 2009 to 14 August 2017
Temporal Resolution: Varies
Data Format(s):
  • PDF
Platform(s) B-200, C-130, DC-8, G-V, HU-25A, HU-25C, P-3B, WP-3D ORION
Sensor(s): DMS
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Roseanne Dominguez

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Dominguez, R. 2017. IceBridge DMS L0 Camera Calibration, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/Z65C335BWXC3. [Date Accessed].

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Detailed Data Description

The IceBridge DMS L0 Camera Calibration files contain DMS camera calibration summary reports in PDF format for missions flown over Antarctica and Greenland.

The Camera Calibration Report summary PDF files include lens characterization of the instrument, that is, the lens camera-body-specific distortion. DMS is currently on its 23rd camera (Late 2016), and there is a new calibration for each camera. Typically the science team found that after about 400,000 exposures, the camera life degraded to the point where even after maintenance the camera was no longer usable for mission purposes, so a new camera was obtained to carry on with the next campaigns. Table 1 lists the calibration reports for each IceBridge DMS campaign. There are one or two calibration summary files per campaign. If the primary camera failed during the campaign, and the second camera was used, there are two files for that campaign.

IceBridge DMS Campaign Calibration Report Notes
Table 1. DMS Camera Calibration Reports per Campaign
Fall 2009, Antarctic IODCC0_2009_AN_NASA_DMS01.pdf All flights
Spring 2010, Arctic IODCC0_2010_GR_NASA_DMS02.pdf All flights, both aircraft
Fall 2010, Antarctic IODCC0_2010_AN_NASA_DMS02.pdf
Fall 2010, Antarctic IODCC0_2010_AN_NASA_DMS01.pdf Flight 10/16/2010 all
Flight 10/26/2010 frames 00040-11982
Spring 2011, Arctic IODCC0_2011_GR_NASA_DMS03.pdf
Spring 2011, Arctic IODCC0_2011_GR_NASA_DMS04.pdf Flight 5/16/2011 frames 10338-10931
Fall 2011, Antarctic IODCC0_2011_AN_NASA_DMS04.pdf
Fall 2011, Antarctic IODCC0_2011_AN_NASA_DMS05.pdf Flight 11/03/2011
Flights 11/07/2011 thru 11/17/2011
Flight 11/19/2011 frames 00011-12762 and 14330-14388
Spring 2012, Arctic IODCC0_2012_GR_NASA_DMS06.pdf Flights 3/6/2012 thru 4/4/2012
Spring 2012, Arctic IODCC0_2012_GR_NASA_DMS08.pdf Flights 4/10/2012 thru 5/17/2012
Fall 2012, Antarctic IODCC0_2012_AN_NASA_DMS07.pdf
Fall 2012, Antarctic IODCC0_2012_AN_NASA_DMS09.pdf Flight 11/07/2012 frames 13920-17415
Spring 2013, Arctic IODCC0_2013_GR_NASA_DMS10.pdf All flights
Fall 2013, Antarctic IODCC0_2013_AN_NASA_DMS12.pdf
Fall 2013, Antarctic IODCC0_2013_AN_NASA_DMS11.pdf Flight 11/26/2013 frames 10551-16024
Spring 2014, Arctic IODCC0_2014_GR_NASA_DMS13.pdf
Spring 2014, Arctic IODCC0_2014_GR_NASA_DMS14.pdf Flight 4/24/2014 frames 19842-20330
Fall 2014, Antarctic IODCC0_2014_AN_NASA_DMS17.pdf
Fall 2014, Antarctic IODCC0_2014_AN_NASA_DMS18.pdf Flight 11/10/2014  all
Spring 2015, Arctic IODCC0_2015_GR_NASA_DMS19.pdf
Spring 2015, Arctic IODCC0_2015_GR_NASA_DMS18.pdf Flight 3/24/2015 frames 08239-14656
Flight 4/14/2015 frames 00749-22182
Flight 4/18/2015 frames 17050-17089
Flight 4/23/2015 frames 11709-25232
Fall 2015, Antarctic IODCC0_2015_AN_NASA_DMS16.pdf
Fall 2015, Antarctic IODCC0_2015_AN_NASA_DMS15.pdf Flight 9/26/2015 frames 02114-02857
Flight 10/25/2015 frames 01369-03289
Fall 2015, Arctic IODCC0_2015_GR_NASA_DMS20.pdf All Langley Falcon Greenland flights
Spring 2016, Arctic IODCC0_2016_GR_NASA_DMS21.pdf All NOAA P3 Greenland flights
Summer 2016 Alaska IODCC0_2016_GR_NASA_DMS15.pdf All Langley Falcon Alaska flights
Fall 2016, Antarctic IODCC0_2016_AN_NASA_DMS22.pdf
Fall 2016, Antarctic IODCC0_2016_AN_NASA_DMS23.pdf Flight 10/15/2016 frames 00006-00939 only
Spring 2017, Arctic IODCC0_2017_GR_NASA-DMS24.pdf Flight 3/09/2017
Flight 3/14/2017 frames 7600-12920
Flight 4/10/2017 frames 7040-15139
Flight 4/11/2017 through 5/12/2017
Spring 2017, Arctic IODCC0_2017_GR_NASA-DMS25.pdf Flight 2/26/2017
Flight 2/27/2017
Flight 3/10/2017 through 3/12/2017
Flight 3/14/2017 frames 10-7561
Flight 3/20/2017 through 4/07/2017
Flight 4/10/2017 frames 6-7039
Summer 2017, Arctic IODCC0_2017_GR_NASA_DMS26.pdf Flight 7/10/2017 though 7/24/2017
Flight 7/25/2017 frames 0006-2390
Summer 2017, Arctic IODCC0_2017_GR_NASA_DMS22.pdf Flight 7/25/2017 frames 2391-7471

The camera characterization files are in PDF (.pdf) format.

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File and Directory Structure

PDF files are available on the HTTPS site in the https://n5eil01u.ecs.nsidc.org/ICEBRIDGE/IODCC0.001 directory.

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File Naming Convention

File names:




Variable Description
Table 2. File Naming Convention
IODCC0 Short name for IceBridge DMS L0 Camera Calibration
YYYY Year of campaign
NN_NASA Location of NASA campaign, e.g. GR_NASA (Greenland), AN_NASA (Antarctica)
DMSXX XX = DMS camera number, e.g. 21
.nnn File type extension, .pdf
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File Size

PDF files range from approximately 1 KB to 5.7 MB.

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Total data volume is approximately 20 MB.

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Spatial Coverage

Spatial coverage for the DMS campaigns include Greenland, Antarctica, and Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice areas. In effect, this represents the two coverages noted below.

Arctic and Greenland:
Southernmost Latitude: 60° N
Northernmost Latitude: 90° N
Westernmost Longitude: 180° W
Easternmost Longitude: 180° E

Southernmost Latitude: 90° S
Northernmost Latitude: 53° S
Westernmost Longitude: 180° W
Easternmost Longitude: 180° E

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Temporal Coverage

Temporal Coverage is 17 September 2009 to 25 July 2017.

Temporal Resolution

IceBridge campaigns are conducted on an annual repeating basis. Arctic and Greenland campaigns are conducted during March, April, and May, and Antarctic campaigns are conducted during October and November.

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Parameter or Variable

Camera calibration PDF files include:

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Software and Tools

Software and Tools

The camera calibration files can be accessed by any application that opens Adobe PDF files.

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Data Acquisition and Processing

Data Acquisition Methods

Camera calibration reports are derived from camera calibration metrics, standard correction equation, and distortion profiles.

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Derivation Techniques and Algorithms

See IceBridge DMS L1B Geolocated and Orthorectified Images for discussion of DMS product derivation and processing.

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Sensor or Instrument Description

DMS provides natural color or panchromatic tracking imagery from low and medium altitude research aircraft using a 21 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera.

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References and Related Publications

Document Information


30 May 2017


20 July 2017

21 September 2017

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