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Accumulation Radar

(NASA P-3B)

The accumulation radar system, also operated by CReSIS, provides a high-resolution profile of the top of the ice. By looking at this top layer, the accumulation radar allows IceBridge scientists to map variations in annual snow accumulation rates.

Plot of accumulation radar data

 
Ice on Antarctica's Ellsworth Mountains, 10/22/2012 Ice on the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica as seen from the IceBridge DC-8 on Oct. 22, 2012. The Ellsworth Mountains are home to Antarctica’s highest point, Vinson Massif (16,050 ft / 4,892 m). Credit: NASA / James Yungel