Operation IceBridge Mid-Term Review 2014

The primary work of the IceBridge Mid-Term Review Team was to evaluate how the measurements, data management and research activities of Operation IceBridge (OIB) have addressed the project goals and Level 1 Science Requirements (L1SR) at the mid-term of the project. In particular, the team has addressed the questions:

  • Is OIB making the right measurements at the right times and places to accomplish its goals and objectives?
  • Is OIB meeting the information needs of its target research community by providing data that are timely, easily accessible, useful and well-documented?

Elements of the work included:

  1. review the OIB Science Plan and goals, the L1SR and their relation to instruments, measurements, flight lines, data stream, and applications of the data
  2. assess progress towards goals and L1SR
  3. identify gaps and problems to be addressed in the second half of OIB
  4. condense items (i)-(iii) into a report of approximately 20 pages to be submitted to OIB management NASA HQ, Cryosphere Program.

The scope of the effort includes Operation IceBridge, ICESat-2, ICESat-1 and CryoSat-2. The report was drafted in two sections by the sea-ice sub-group (SIG) and land-ice sub-group (LIG):

Mid-term External Review Report

Response of the IceBridge Land Ice Science Team

Response of the IceBridge Sea Ice Science Team

Project Science Office Response to Land Ice Team

Project Science Office Response to Sea Ice Team

2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report Screenshot

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