2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Operation IceBridge

Program Manager:

Event Number: C-529-M
NASA/NSF Agreement

ASC POC/Implementer:
Chad Naughton / Kevin Gibbons

Dr. Michael Studinger (Principal Investigator)
http://icebridge.gsfc.nasa.gov/External U.S. Government Site

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Sea Ice Runway

Project Description:
Operation IceBridge makes airborne altimetry, radar, and other geophysical measurements to monitor and characterize the cryosphere. IceBridge data will improve knowledge of the contribution of the major Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets and sea ice to sea-level rise. Major goals include: (1) Make airborne altimetry measurements of ice sheets and sea ice to extend and improve the observations begun by the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat); (2) Link measurements made by historical airborne laser altimeters, ICESat, ICESat-2 and CryoSat-2, to allow accurate comparison and production of a long-term ice-altimetry record; (3) Monitor key, rapidly changing areas of Arctic and Antarctic ice to maintain a long-term observation record; and (4) Provide data to improve understanding of ice dynamics and better constrain predictive models of sea-level rise and sea-ice cover conditions.

Field Season Overview:
Up to 45 team members will deploy to McMurdo Station in the austral summer season. They will conduct aerial surveys using their own P-3 NASA aircraft, equipped with several geophysical instuments, including laser altimeters, radar systems, digital cameras, a gravimeter, a magnetometer, and several GPS units. IceBridge will operate from the Sea Ice runway and is planning to fly every day, weather permitting. The general flight length is between 8-10 hours.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Michael Anderson
  • Jefferson Beck
  • Todd Brophy
  • Bethany Burton
  • Bruno Camps-Raga
  • Jeffery Chandler
  • Kevin Charles
  • James Cochran
  • Shane Dover
  • Matthew Elder
  • Brian Farley
  • Eric Fraim
  • George Hale
  • Christy Hansen (Co-PI)
  • Robert Harpold
  • James Jacobson, Jr
  • Kyle Krabill
  • Matthew Linkswiler
  • Serdar Manizade
  • Catherine Martin
  • Craig McMahon
  • Justin Miller
  • Kevin Moore
  • Sean O'Rourke
  • Robbie Russell
  • Michael Singer
  • John Sonntag
  • Michael Studinger (PI)
  • Theresa Stumpf
  • Bruce Tagg
  • Kirsteen Tinto
  • Bryan Townley
  • Brian Yates
  • James Yungel
  • Gary Zimmerman, Jr.

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