Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)
The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is the 2nd-generation of the laser altimeter ICESat mission (January 13, 2003 to August 14, 2010).
From 2003 to 2009, the ICESat mission provided multi-year elevation data needed to determine ice sheet mass balance as well as cloud property information, especially for stratospheric clouds common over polar areas. It also provided topography and vegetation data around the globe, in addition to the polar-specific coverage over the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
ICESat-II is the second generation of the orbiting laser altimeter. This concept has advantages over ICESat of improved elevation estimates over high slope areas and very rough (e.g. crevassed) areas and improved lead detection for sea ice freeboard estimates. ICESat-2 is scheduled for launch in early 2016.
Review Status: ICESat-2 was chartered as a project review by the SMD. The ICESat-2 PDR is scheduled for October, 2012.
Review Manager: Ron Davenport