ICESat-2 Tools and Services

The following table lists the tools and services available for ICESat-2 data.

Name Description Access Type Service Outputs Source
OpenAltimetry Discover, access, and visualize ICESat and ICESat-2 data. Key functions include on-the-fly plotting of segment elevations and photon clouds based on date and region of interest, ground track filtering and visualization, and data access in CSV or subsetted HDF5 format. Web application
  • Downloadable elevation and photon plots
  • Spatially subsetted HDF5 data
  • CSV output of key parameters
A NASA funded collaborative project between the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego Supercomputer Center, NSIDC DAAC, and UNAVCO.
NASA Earthdata Search Search, visualize, and access data across thousands of Earth science data sets, including ICESat, IceBridge, and ICESat-2. Customization services are available for most ICESat-2 data sets, including subsetting and reformatting. Web application NASA EOSDIS, supported by NSIDC DAAC.
Data Subscription Subscribe to have new ICESat-2 data automatically delivered to you as they become available at NSIDC. Customization services including subsetting and reformatting can be applied to your subscription request. Online subscription request form NSIDC DAAC
Data Access and Service API The NSIDC DAAC's Application Programming Interface, or API, provides spatial and temporal filtering as well as customization options as a single access command, without the need to script against our data directory structure. API

Visit the page What subsetting and reformatting services are available for ICESat-2 data? for details on subsetting and reformatting services available for each ICESat-2 data set.

NSIDC DAAC
ICESat-2 Hackweek Jupyter Notebook Tutorials  A Github repository of Jupyter Notebook tutorials presented during the ICESat-2 HackWeek at the Univeristy of Washington on June 17-21, 2019. Downloadable tool

Python-based guidance on access, reading, plotting, and exploration of ICESat-2 cryospheric data. 

ICESat-2 Hackweek, hosted by the University of Washington with support from NASA's Cryospheric Sciences Program
NSIDC DAAC Data Access Jupyter Notebook A Jupyter notebook exploring data coverage, size, and customization service availability along with direct data download utilizing the NSIDC DAAC's access and service API. Downloadable tool

Visit the page What subsetting and reformatting services are available for ICESat-2 data? for details on subsetting and reformatting services available for each ICESat-2 data set.

NSIDC DAAC
Panoply Plot arrays and geo-referenced data from NetCDF and HDF files. Downloadable tool
  • Downloadable plots as GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF bitmap images, PDF, or PostScript graphics files, as well as lon-lat map plots as KMZ files.
  • Animations as MP4 video or as a collection of invididual frame images.
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
HDFView Browse, visualize, and edit HDF (HDF5 and HDF4) files. Key functions include viewing HDF file hierarchy in a tree structure, opening data and metadata arrays, image creation, and HDF file modification. Downloadable tool
  • Save data values to a text or binary file
  • Save HDF image to JPEG, GIF, PNG, or BMP file
The HDFGroup