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Antarctic 2014 Campaign News

10.31.14
IceBridge Goes Back to Pine Island

Glaciers and mountains in the evening sun seen on the return flight from West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014.› View larger
Glaciers and mountains in the evening sun seen on the return flight from West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014.
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NASA’s Operation IceBridge has added to its body of work this season with two more science flights over Antarctica, one collecting data on ice streams and subglacial lakes near the Ronne Ice Shelf and one measuring the rapidly-changing Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica.

On Oct. 28, the IceBridge team carried out a survey of the Foundation Ice Stream and Support Force Glacier, measuring surface elevation with laser altimeters and collecting ice-penetrating radar data on a series of subglacial lakes in the region. This flight repeated survey lines flown during the 2012 campaign, which will help researchers understand how ice there is changing over time.

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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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