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Weather Plays a Role

Icebergs in the fjord in front of Helheim Glacier seen during the Apr. 12, 2014, IceBridge flight. › View larger
Icebergs in the fjord in front of Helheim Glacier seen during the Apr. 12, 2014, IceBridge flight. Credit: NASA / Jim Yungel

Researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge continued their work with more surveys of Greenland's ice sheet and glaciers.

As is often the case when working in the Arctic, weather proved to be a deciding factor on Apr. 11. At the weather office that morning, mission planners saw a forecast that showed low-pressure system off the east coast of Greenland bringing clouds and 40 to 50 mile per hour winds into one of IceBridge's high-priority survey areas. Weather models also showed chances of low clouds in many other regions of the country so mission planners decided to cancel the day's flight.

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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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