IceBridge Overview

Icebridge Data Portal

IceBridge Data Portal

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The NSIDC DAAC manages data for products derived from NASA's Operation IceBridge aircraft missions, and implements tools and services extending the uses of IceBridge data products.

The NASA 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.

IceBridge mission observations and measurements include coastal Greenland, coastal Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, interior Antarctica, the southeast Alaskan glaciers, and Antarctic and Arctic sea ice.

The NASA IceBridge mission combines multiple instruments to map ice surface topography, bedrock topography beneath the ice sheets, grounding line position, ice and snow thickness, and sea ice distribution and freeboard. Data from laser altimeters and radar sounders are paired with gravitometer, magnetometer, mapping camera, and other data to provide dynamic, high-value, repeat measurements of rapidly-changing portions of land and sea ice.

The data products and related information are displayed on several Web pages, and can be accessed via the links on the left. These Web pages are described below.

  • Data Sets - Lists IceBridge data sets currently available from NSIDC DAAC.
  • Data Versions - Tracks changes and updates to IceBridge data sets.
  • Instrument Data Sets - Lists IceBridge instruments. Links to data servers, where available, are provided.
  • Campaign Data Sets - Provides a list of IceBridge data collected by campaign, and includes information on flights and instruments.
  • Tools - Provides links to software on NSIDC's FTP server for reading and viewing NASA IceBridge data.
  • Data Announcements - Lists updates to, or problems with the data.
  • Published Research - Bibliography of published research using NASA IceBridge data.
  • Evaluation Products - Products derived from published IceBridge data sets, made available to the public for review.

See Also

Current Missions: IceBridge

NASA's page for Latest IceBridge Campaign News.


Upcoming ICESat-2 Mission.

ESA CryoSat

European Space Agency (ESA) Earthnet Online page for the CryoSat ice mission.

Data Provider Information

NSIDC DAAC Information for Operation IceBridge data providers.


The main page of the ICESat/GLAS Data project at the NSIDC DAAC.

Exploring NASA's Operation IceBridge Data Sets through NSIDC's Data Portal to Visualize Changes in Polar Ice

Related Data Sets

In Situ Snow Depth and Ice Thickness Measurements Near ICEX2011 Ice Camp

GLAS/ICESat 500 m Laser Altimetry Digital Elevation Model of Antarctica

GLAS/ICESat 1 km Laser Altimetry Digital Elevation Model of Greenland

Unified Sea Ice Thickness Climate Data Record, 1947 Onward

Antarctic 1 km Digital Elevation Model (DEM) from Combined ERS-1 Radar and ICESat Laser Satellite Altimetry

Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA)

A program with the primary goal of measuring and understanding the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet.