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IceBridge Data

NASA's Operation IceBridge Aircraft Missions

Data Versions

This page lists details for IceBridge data products by version number, dates, and changes included in the versions.

NASA Operation IceBridge Data Products By Instrument

Derived Products

University of Texas ICECAP Data Products By Instrument

NASA Operation IceBridge Data Products by Instrument

IceBridge Accumulation Radar L1B Geolocated Radar Echo Strength Profiles (IRACC1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 05 May 2010 to present Initial release.

IceBridge NSERC L1B Geolocated Meteorologic and Surface Temperature Data (IAMET1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 12 October 2009 to present Initial release.

IceBridge ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength (ILATM1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 31 March 2009 to present Initial release.
V02 30 March 2013 to present Beginning with the 2013 Arctic campaign, all data will be provided in HDF5 format. In the near future, qfit data from all campaigns prior to Spring 2013 will be replaced with HDF5 data.

IceBridge ATM L2 Icessn Elevation, Slope, and Roughness (ILATM2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 31 March 2009 to 08 November 2012 Initial release.
V02 20 March 2013 to 24 April 2013 Beginning with the 2013 Arctic campaign, all data will be provided in CSV format. In the near future, data from all campaigns prior to Spring 2013 will be replaced with CSV data and added to V02.
A header has been added to the V02 ILATM2 data format. In V01, the ILATM2 data set consisted of pairs of files for each data segment: one data file, for example ILATM2_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_50pt_smooth_nadir3seg, and one summary file, ILATM2_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_50pt_icessn_summary. The new header of the V02 data file contains information that had appeared in the summary file, making the summary file redundant.

IceBridge Narrow Swath ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength (ILNSA1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 31 March 2009 to 08 November 2012 Version 1 of the IceBridge Narrow Swath ATM L1B Qfit Elevation and Return Strength contains qfit format data from 16 March 2011 to 08 November 2012.
V02 31 March 2009 to present Beginning with the 2013 Greenland campaign:
  • The data file format is HDF5.
  • Qfit data files for all previous campaigns are to be replaced with HDF5 files.
  • The data set title (longname) changes from "IceBridge Narrow Swath ATM L1B Qfit Elevation and Return Strength" to "IceBridge Narrow Swath ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength".

Pre-IceBridge ATM L2 Icessn Elevation, Slope, and Roughness (BLATM2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 23 June 1993 through 30 October 2008 Initial release.
V01.1 27 June 2008 to 02 August 2008 On July 19, 2012, data files for dates 27 June 2008 through 02 August 2008 were replaced by Version 01.1. The difference between V01 and V01.1 relates to the limit imposed on the GPS PDOP. The arrangement of the GPS satellites at any given time affects the theoretical precision of the estimated aircraft position. A figure of merit of this impact is the Positional Dilution of Precision (PDOP). Word 10 of the 12-word qfit data format contains the PDOP value multiplied x10. Lower PDOP implies greater precision. The V01 processing eliminated any data with a PDOP greater than 9, possibly causing some gaps in the data coverage. Some applications of the data, with less stringent accuracy requirement, might benefit from inclusion of less accurate data rather than having no data in these gaps. The V01.1 processing allows PDOP up to 20. The qfit data can be filtered using word 10 to select a desired PDOP cutoff. The provided icessn data are derived from qfit data with a PDOP of 20 or lower.

IceBridge Atmospheric Chemistry L1B Data (ICHEM1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 12 October 2009 to present Initial release.

IceBridge CAMBOT L1B Geolocated Images (IOCAM1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 31 March 2009 to present Initial release.

IceBridge DMS L0 Raw Imagery (IODMS0)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 October 2009 to present Initial release.

IceBridge DMS L1B Geolocated and Orthorectified Images (IODMS1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 October 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 16 October 2009 to 08 December 2009 On April 13, 2011, V01 2009 Antarctica DMS data were replaced by V01.1. The V01 2009 Antarctica DMS data required re-processing because the data were projected using the SRTMplus Digital Elevation Model (DEM). This DEM references the sea floor for all non-terrestrial locations. In addition, during re-processing, a more refined boresight model was employed and provides a more accurate attitude reference.
V01.2 11 April 2012 Version 01.2 data for 2012 Greenland. On March 18, 2013, 9505 frames were replaced with reprocessed data for the 11 April 2012 East Glaciers-1 flight. If you downloaded the 11 April 2012 files prior to 18 March 2013, it is recommended that you re-download them. The original frames from the flight's Level-1B files were smaller and of lower resolution than images earlier in the flight at the same aircraft height above ground level (AGL) of 470-480 m. The affected 11 April 2012 frames include: 09186 to 09189, 09243 to 09268, 09270 to 09368, 09376 to 09385, 09391 to 10428, 10488 to 10733, and 10833 to 18914.

IceBridge Ku-Band Radar L1B Geolocated Radar Echo Strength Profiles (IRKUB1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 20 April 2010 to present Initial release.
V01.1 26 March 2010 to 26 May 2010 On August 19, 2011, the 2010 Ku-Band L1B Greenland data were replaced by V01.1. For some days the variable record length in the header was more than one 32 bit integer when it should be one 32 bit integer. This offset the records. This is corrected in the August 19, 2011 replacement data.

IceBridge LVIS L0 Raw Ranges (ILVIS0)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 13 October 2009 to present Initial release.

IceBridge LVIS L1B Geolocated Return Energy Waveforms (ILVIS1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 April 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 07 October 2011 to 27 October 2011 On November 20 2012, the 2011 Antarctica LVIS Level 1B data were replaced with V01.1. The LVIS transmit laser waveform is improved in the 2011 Antarctica data.

IceBridge LVIS L2 Geolocated Surface Elevation Product (ILVIS2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 14 April 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 04 October 2010 to 04 November 2010 All of the 2010 Greenland data for the IceBridge LVIS L2 Geolocated Surface Elevation Product data set have been replaced as of 13 April 2012. Some incorrect values occurred in the previous version of the files, and these are corrected in the Version 01.1 data.

IceBridge MCoRDS L1B Geolocated Radar Echo Strength Profiles (IRMCR1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 October 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 16 October 2009 to 18 November 2009 On April 12, 2011, 2009 Antarctica MCoRDS data were replaced by V01.1. The original 2009 Antarctica data were processed through a temporary process with quick look data products only. V01.1 data are produced from full Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing.
V01.2 26 October 2010 to 11 November 2010 On May 16, 2011, the 2010 Antarctica MCoRDS data were replaced by V01.2. The initial 2010 Antarctica data release was a quick look product released immediately upon return from the field. It was Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processed, but the cross-track array processing was greatly simplified. The V01.2 release is the standard product produced from full SAR processing.
V01.3 16 October 2009 to 11 November 2010 On October 17, 2011, the V1.02 2009 and 2010 Antarctica MCoRDS data were replaced by V01.3. In V1.03, the kml_good directories have been removed. The echogram data product offerings have been trimmed to a single echogram per data nodule. V1.02 included CSARP_csarp-combined, CSARP_standard, CSARP_mvdr, and CSARP_qlook. V1.03 includes only CSARP_standard. All "Data_img_01_YYYY..." and "Data_img_02_YYYY..." files have been removed so that the only files left are the "Data_YYYY..." files. In the case where only a single image file was produced in the past, i.e. "Data_img_01_YYYY..." these have been renamed to "Data_YYYY...".
V01.4 27 March 2012 to 17 May 2012 On 16 November 2012, the 2012 Greenland data were replaced with Version 01.4. One data segment was added and one segment was removed from the original 2012 Greenland data posted in July 2012. All of the 2012 Greenland data have been reprocessed but the difference in content between Version 01.3 and 01.4 should be negligible. If you downloaded the 2012 Greenland data prior to November 16, 2012, it is recommended to re-download the data.

IceBridge MCoRDS L2 Ice Thickness (IRMCR2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 October 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 16 October 2009 to 18 November 2009 On April 12, 2011, the 2009 Antarctica MCoRDS data were replaced by V01.1. The original 2009 Antarctica data were processed through a temporary process with quick look data products only. V01.1 data are produced from full Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing.
V01.2 16 October 2009 to 20 November 2010 On October 17, 2011, the MCoRDS L2 data were replaced by V01.2. The csv_good and CSARP_layer data were removed from the previous version.

IceBridge MCoRDS L3 Gridded Ice Thickness, Surface, and Bottom (IRMCR3)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 1995 to 2011 Initial release.
V02 2006 to 2012 On August 14, 2013, the MCoRDS L3 Gridded Ice Thickness, Surface, and Bottom data were replaced by Version 2:
  • V02 grid size is 500 m x 500 m. V01 coarse (3 x 3 km) and dense (1.5 x 1.5 km) grids are not included in V02.
  • V02 contains separate grid .txt files for Surface, Thickness, and Bottom.
  • V01 1995_2011_Petermann_Composite data are removed.
  • V01 TIF files are removed; MAT files added in V02.
  • ASCII text grid file is changed from CSV in V01 to .txt in V02.
  • V01 crossover_analysis directory is removed; errors directory is added with .mat and errors.txt files.

IceBridge PARIS L2 Ice Thickness (IRPAR2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 01 April 2009 to 02 May 2009 Initial release.

IceBridge POS AV L1B Corrected Position and Attitude Data (IPAPP1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 27 March 2009 to 18 November 2009 Initial release of POS AV data. The V01 data were obtained from the Applanix POS AV System connected to the ATM instrument. The data were only available for flights on which ATM was operational. There were no problems with the ATM version of the data, but the V01 data were replaced by V01.1 for the sake of completion across all instruments.
V01.1 27 March 2009 to 23 November 2010 The V01 release of POS AV data were obtained from the Applanix POS AV System connected to the ATM instrument. Data collected by the Applanix POS AV System connected to the DMS instrument replaces V01.

IceBridge Sander AIRGrav L1B Geolocated Free Air Gravity Anomalies (IGGRV1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 October 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 22 March 2010 to 28 May 2010 All of the 2010 Greenland data for the IceBridge Sander AIRGrav L1B Geolocated Free Air Gravity Anomalies data set have been replaced as of 01 October 2010. The data were all correct, however, the transformation to the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) Polar Stereographic projection was in error. This has been corrected with the Version 01.1 data.
V01.2 16 October 2009 to 18 November 2009 All of the 2009 Antarctica data for the IceBridge Sander AIRGrav L1B Geolocated Free Air Gravity Anomalies data set have been replaced as of 27 June 2011. The previous version of the data required re-processing because an error was discovered in the aircraft attitude data files that caused everything for the 2009 Antarctica flights to be rotated 180 degrees. Additionally, after 2009, gravity data processing was changed from a simple free air correction formula to a second order free air correction. Also, since 2009 there have been processing improvements that reduce noise levels, especially at shorter wavelengths (70s) on some lines. The 2009 Antarctica data files have been re-processed for second order free air correction and reduction of noise levels. These changes have been made with the Version 01.2 data.
V01.3 16 October 2009 to 20 November 2010 On 21 May 2012, the 2009 and 2010 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.3. The previous data versions were organized regionally by glacier basin. V01.3 gravity data are organized by flight lines.
V01.4 22 March 2010 to 28 May 2010, and 14 March 2011 to 16 May 2011 On 26 November 2012, the 2010 and 2011 Greenland data were replaced by Version 01.4. The V01.4 data are arranged by flight, rather than broken into lines grouped by area. The last field in the data files is now a data quality flag, instead of a gridded value. Aircraft attitude data are no longer included.
V01.5 16 October 2009 to 19 November 2011 On 28 February 2013, the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by Version 01.5. The V01.5 data are arranged by flight, rather than broken into lines grouped by area. The file naming convention has changed. As it is not used, the "grid" column has been removed from the data files.

The data have been releveled. In a few places the data values may be slightly different than in older versions. The leveling adjustments are very small, approximately 0.1 to 0.3 mGal, and are present only for new lines during 2012 in an area where only a few lines were flown, such as the Foundation/Recovery area. The leveling adjustment is given in data column 18. It is constant offset for a particular track line and thus does not affect interpretation. This is not common and the adjustments are very small and thus do not affect interpretation.

The replacement 2010 Antarctica data contain one less data file than the previous version. The file, IGGRV1B_V01_20101018.xyz, was a transit flight where the meter was being tested, and was removed because it does not apply to Antarctica.
V01.6 05 May 2010 to 28 May 2010,
14 March 2011 to 16 May 2011, and
12 March 2012 t0 17 May 2012
On 20 August 2013, the IGGRV1B Greenland data files were replaced for the dates: 05 May 2010 through 28 May 2010, 14 March 2011 through 16 May 2011, and 12 March 2012 through 17 May 2012. For the data captured on these days, the platformID is changed from DC-8 to P-3B.

IceBridge Snow Radar L1B Geolocated Radar Echo Strength Profiles (IRSNO1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 31 March 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 31 March 2009 to 05 May 2009 As of June 10, 2011, all of the 2009 Greenland binary files (.bin) were replaced. The GPS time written in the headers of the previously published binary files contained an error. The error is corrected in the current binary files.
V01.2 02 April 2009 As of July 19, 2011, the following changes were made to files in the 2009 Greenland file directory folder /IRSNO1B_SnowRadarXyEcho_v01/2009_GR_NASA/04022009/: Files data00.0005 thru data00.0020 were replaced. Files data00.0001 through data00.0004 were removed, as the recording on the radar froze. Files in directory folder /20090402_2/ were not altered in any way. If you downloaded the 2009 Greenland data prior to July 19, 2011, we suggest you re-download the /04022009/ folder.

IceBridge UAF Lidar Profiler L1B Geolocated Surface Elevation Triplets (ILAKP1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 22 May 2009 to 02 June 2009 Initial release.

IceBridge UAF Lidar Scanner L1B Geolocated Surface Elevation Triplets (ILAKS1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 13 August 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 19 August 2009 to 29 August 2010 On 21 September 2012, the 2009 and 2010 data were replaced with V01.1 reprocessed data. The reprocessing involved: 1) Identifying and correcting infrequent timing shifts wherein the laser scanner data and IMU/GPS data were misaligned by 1 or 2 integer seconds. This only concerned a small handful of files, but the effect can introduce errors on the order of 10's to 100's of meters in horizontal and vertical coordinates of the point cloud data. 2) Applying corrected boresight angles, that is, the small angular offsets between the IMU/GPS reference frame and the laser vector. These corrections were applied to all data. The previous, incorrect boresight angles introduced errors on the order of meters to 10's of meters in the horizontal and vertical coordinates of the point cloud data. 3) Cleaning of spurious data points that did not represent real targets or surfaces. These appear in the previous versions of these data as random, individual points far away from the surfaces being imaged.

Derived Products

IceBridge Sea Ice Freeboard, Snow Depth, and Thickness (IDCSI2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 31 March 2009 to 21 April 2010 Initial release.
V01.1 23 March 2010 to 21 April 2010 On September 06, 2012, the 2010 Greenland data files for dates 23 March 2010 through 21 April 2010 were replaced by Version 01.1 because a calibration file was incorrect. The data files were reprocessed with the correct calibration file.
V01.2 20 April 2010 On 01 August 2013, V01.1 was replaced by V01.2. The original 20 April 2010 data file contained a bad lat/long value in the 10719th record. In V01.2, that record is removed from the file.

Also on 01 August, the file naming convention for IDCSI2 was changed to: IDCSI2_YYYYMMDD.txt. See the IDCSI2 data set documentation for details.

University of Texas ICECAP Data Products by Instrument

IceBridge GPS/IMU L1B Primary Position and Attitude Solution (IPUTG1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 24 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 14 November 2011 to 23 December 2011 On 02 May, 2012, V01 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In V01.1, additional fields were added containing low-precision real-time position and orientation data resampled to match the times of the existing geophysical samples.
V01.2 31 October 2010 to 14 November 2011 On 30 April 2013, the 2010 and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced. The format of data ensures the time stamps are UTC year, day, and time, with georeferencing fields including real time position, roll, pitch and heading. For some campaigns V01.2 includes more flights than V01.1.

IceBridge BGM-3 Gravimeter L1B Time-Tagged Accelerations (IGBGM1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 27 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 18 November 2011 to 23 December 2011 On 02 May, 2012, V01 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In V01.1, additional fields were added containing low-precision real-time position and orientation data resampled to match the times of the existing geophysical samples.
V01.2 27 November 2009 to 23 December 2011 On 26 April 2013, the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced. The format of 2009 and 2010 Antarctica data was revised to that of the 2011 Antarctica data, ensuring the time stamps are UTC year, day, and time, and adding georeferencing fields including real time position, roll, pitch and heading. For some campaigns V01.2 includes more flights than V01.1.

IceBridge BGM-3 Gravimeter L2 Geolocated Free Air Anomalies (IGBGM2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 27 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 27 November 2009 to 20 December 2011 On 02 July, 2013, the V01 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. V01.1 data files include UTC timestamps and re-ordered fields.

IceBridge HiCARS 1 L2 Geolocated Ice Thickness (IR1HI2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 27 May 2011 Initial release.
V01.1 09 November 2009 to 16 February 2010 On July 23, 2012, Version 01 2009 Antarctica data were replaced by Version 01.1. The V01.1 2009 Antarctica data are re-organized, and include aircraft orientation and surface and bed reflection coefficient information not contained in the V01 data.
V01.2 09 November 2009 to 16 February 2010 On 08 July 2013, the 2009 Antarctica data were replaced with V01.2. In V01.2, data fields are re-ordered and revised.

IceBridge HiCARS 2 L2 Geolocated Ice Thickness (IR2HI2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 09 January 2010 to present Initial release.
V01.1 09 January 2010 to 23 December 2011 On 09 July 2013, the 2010 and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced with V01.1. In V01.1, new data fields were added: bed reflection coefficient, surface reflection coefficient, and aircraft roll; and some data fields were re-ordered.

IceBridge Riegl Laser Altimeter L1B Time-Tagged Laser Ranges (ILUTP1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 09 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 10 November 2011 to 23 December 2011 On 02 May, 2012, V01 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In V01.1, additional fields were added containing low-precision real-time position and orientation data resampled to match the times of the existing geophysical samples.
V01.2 09 November 2009 to 23 December 2011 On 01 May, 2013, the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.2. In V01.2, additional fields were added containing real-time position and orientation data.

IceBridge Riegl Laser Altimeter L2 Geolocated Surface Elevation Triplets (ILUTP2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 17 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 17 November 2009 to 24 December 2011 On 05 July, 2013, the V01 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. V01.1 data files are revised in the Seconds field and the Laser Derived Surface field.

IceBridge Geometrics 823A Cesium Magnetometer L1B Time-Tagged Magnetic Field (IMGEO1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 14 November 2011 to 23 December 2011 On 02 May, 2012, V01 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In V01.1, additional fields were added containing low-precision real-time position and orientation data resampled to match the times of the existing geophysical samples.
V01.2 16 November 2009 to 23 December 2011 On 29 April 2013, the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced. The format of 2009 and 2010 Antarctica data was revised to that of the 2011 Antarctica data, ensuring the time stamps are UTC year, day, and time, and adding georeferencing fields including real time position, roll, pitch and heading. For some campaigns V01.2 includes different number of flights and different number of data files per flight than V01.1.

IceBridge Geometrics 823A Cesium Magnetometer L2 Geolocated Magnetic Anomalies (IMGEO2)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 16 November 2009 to 12 December 2011 On 05 July, 2013, the V01 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In the V01.1 data files, magnetic base corrections are removed and fields in the data files are re-ordered.

IceBridge GPS L1B Time-Tagged Real-Time Position and Attitude Solution (IPUTN1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 09 November 2009 to present Initial release.
V01.1 21 October 2010 to 23 December 2011 On 30 April, 2013, V01 2010 and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. V01.1 ensures the time stamps are UTC year, day, and time, with georeferencing fields including real time position, roll, pitch and heading. For some campaigns V01.1 includes more flights than V01.

IceBridge Paroscientific S-1000 L1B Pressure Altimeter Time-Tagged Air Pressure (IAPRS1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 16 November 2009 Initial release.
V01.1 14 November 2011 to 23 December 2011 On 02 May, 2012, V01 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In V01.1, additional fields were added containing low-precision real-time position and orientation data resampled to match the times of the existing geophysical samples.
V01.2 09 November 2009 to 23 December 2011 On 26 April 2013, the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Antarctica data were replaced. The format of 2009 and 2010 Antarctica data was revised to that of the 2011 Antarctica data, ensuring the time stamps are UTC year, day, and time, and adding georeferencing fields including real time position, roll, pitch and heading. For some campaigns V01.2 includes more flights than V01.1

IceBridge ZLS Dynamic Gravity Meter Time-Registered L1B Vertical Accelerations (IGZLS1B)

Version Dates Changes Included In This Version
V01 28 November 2011 to present Initial release.
V01.1 28 November 2011 to 21 December 2011 On 01 May 2013, V01 2011 Antarctica data were replaced by V01.1. In V01.1, additional fields were added containing real-time position and orientation data. V01.1 does not include data for 15 December 2011 and 20 December 2011.





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