IceBridge Data

During each campaign, Operation IceBridge collects large amounts of data on land and sea ice. This information, and that collected by IceBridge’s partnering organizations, is made available to the public free of charge no more than six months after each campaign. This data is stored and managed by the National Snow and Ice Data Center via an online portal.

For an introduction on using the NSIDC data portal, go to the NSIDC Operation IceBridge Quick Start webpage, for a number of video tutorials.

We ask that you cite the use of this data in your work and inform the IceBridge Project Science Office when you publish a study using IceBridge data.

Why cite IceBridge data? 

  • To acknowledge IceBridge data contributors.
  • It allows the project to track the use and impact of our data.
  • It helps us report data distribution activity to our funding agencies and assist others who contact us about data referenced in publications.

You can find appropriate formal citation formats on the NSIDC catalog pages and in the guide documentation for all IceBridge data sets.


In addition to including a citation in the references section of your publication we also ask you to include the following sentence in the acknowledgement section of your publication: “All/Some data used in this study were acquired by NASA’s Operation IceBridge.”

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