Science Collaboration

As part of the mission’s science requirements, IceBridge often conducts coordinated underflights with the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite and works with various other scientific groups. Combining data from space-based, airborne and in situ campaigns helps researchers build a more accurate picture of what is happening in the Arctic and Antarctic. Below are a sampling of some of IceBridge’s ongoing collaborative efforts.

ESA CryoSat-2

Data collected during IceBridge’s CryoSat-2 underflights provides a multi-faceted view of Arctic and Antarctic ice. In addition, IceBridge data contributes CryoSat-2 instrument validation.

Table of data collected during CryoSat-2 underflights:

Global Fiducials Library

The Global Fiducials Library (GFL) at the U.S. Geological Survey maintains a long-term record of high-resolution Arctic sea ice images. IceBridge worked with GFL and the satellite that provides its data during the 2013 Arctic campaign.

This image library is available on the GFL Data Access Portal:


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