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Arctic 2015 Campaign News

A Day in the Life -- “Sea Ice – North Pole Transect” (flown March 25

5:30a.m. -- If you are a part of the aircrew, you probably get up even earlier than this.
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On IceBridge’s seventh year of operations, most people who follow this blog already know our routine, but nevertheless, I figured I would give it a shot for any of those out there that aren’t familiar with a typical daily schedule of ours, or want to hear about it from a different member of the team. I’ll interject some of the things we encounter along the course of the day that might be unique to today’s flight

5:30 am – Wakeup time. If you are a part of the aircrew, you probably get up even earlier than this. This isn’t fun for anyone aside from those elusive “morning people” that I’ve been told exist somewhere.


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NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system. IceBridge utilizes a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of innovative science instruments ever assembled to characterize annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. In addition, IceBridge collects critical data used to predict the response of earth’s polar ice to climate change and resulting sea-level rise. IceBridge also helps bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA's ICESat satellite missions.

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