IceBridge Overview

Icebridge Data Portal

IceBridge Data Portal

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

Operation IceBridge, 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 subsequent ICESat-2 mission.

Operation 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 Operation 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 gravimeter, magnetometer, mapping camera, and other data to provide dynamic, high-value, repeat measurements of rapidly-changing portions of land and sea ice.

See Also

Current Missions: IceBridge

NASA's page for latest Operation IceBridge campaign news


Ongoing ICESat-2 Mission


Main page of the ICESat/GLAS data project at NSIDC DAAC

ESA CryoSat

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

PolarTREC's STEM Lesson on Operation IceBridge Data

Title: Exploring NASA’s Operation IceBridge Data Sets Through National Snow and Ice Data Center'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)