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ICEBRIDGE IMAGES

Humbolt Glacier Margin (6 October 2015)
This image, taken at sunrise, shows exposed rock and proglacial lakes caused by meltwater from the retreating Humbolt Glacier in Northwestern Greenland.
Traverse Mountains (26 September 2015)
A group of nearly ice-free mountains located on the Antarctic Peninsula that were an important landmark in overland traverse by early explorers.
Innuit Sea Ice Hunting Camp (1 May 2015)
Nomadic Innuit families set up temporary hunting camps on sea ice during Winter and early Spring to hunt for seals.
ATM T5 Laser (1 April 2015)
The Airborne Topographic Mapper laser altimeter, scanning at 25Hz, can be seen in this pre-dawn image measuring sea ice elevation in the Arctic Ocean.
Dual ATM Lasers (1 April 2015)
Both the narrow-scan and wide-scan Airborne Topographic Mapper laser altimeters can be seen in this pre-dawn image over the Arctic Ocean.
C-130 Preflight (24 March 2015)
NASA 439 preparing for an IceBridge mission looking at multi-year sea ice in the Arctic Ocean off the Northern coast of Greenland. (credit J.Harbeck)
R/V Lance Survey Ship (19 March 2015)
Ship-based researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute studying seasonal ice flows collected coicident measurements during several overpasses.
Bellingshausen Sea Ice (5 November 2014)
First-year sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea surrounding an iceberg that separated from one of the many glaciers flowing from Thurston Island.
Kee Bird B-29 (19 May 2014)
The destroyed remains of the Kee Bird B-29 Superfortress that made an emergency landing in northwest Greenland on 21 February 1947.
P-3B & Mt. Erebus (20 November 2013)
NASA 426 on the McMurdo ice runway preparing for an IceBridge mission over the Ross Sea. Mt. Erebus can be seen erupting in the backgroud.
Mt. Erebus & McMurdo Station (20 November 2013)
Taken shortly after takeoff, McMurdo Station can be seen in the shadow of an erupting Mt. Erebus, the southern-most active volcano in the world.
Jakobshavn Calving Front (4 April 2013)
The Jakobshavn Glacier drains 6.5% of the Greenland ice sheet and produces around 10% of all Greenland icebergs.
Vinson Massif (22 November 2012)
The Vinson Massif lies with the Sentinel Range overlooking the Ronne Ice Shelf and contains the largest mountain in Antarctica. (credit M.Studinger)
DC-8 Preflight (17 November 2011)
The NASA DC-8 Airborne Laboratory sitting on the tarmac in Punta Arenas, Chile preparing for a mission over the Antarctic Peninsula.
Pine Island Glacier (12 November 2011)
This image show's a developing rift in one of Antarctica's five largest glaciers, which drains about 10% of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Cordillera Darwin Range (7 November 2011)
This image was captured on a rare clear day over the Tierra del Fuego region as the DC-8 headed towards Antarctica.
Slessor Glacier Shear Margin (21 October 2011)
Flowing west into the Filchner Ice Shelf, the Slessor Glacier shear margin is the point where fast-flowing glacier ice meets slow-moving ice or rock.
Weddell Sea (18 October 2011)
An iceberg locked in sea ice is slowly being released as warmer Spring temperatures cause leads to form in the Weddell Sea.
Getz Ice Shelf (17 October 2011)
The vertical face of the Getz Ice Shelf is almost 200 feet high and is estimated to extend another 1000 feet below the ocean surface.
Brunt Ice Shelf (12 October 2011)
Named after David Brunt, the British meteorologist responsible for the initiation of the Royal Society Expedition to this ice shelf in 1955.
Thule GPS Survey (8 May 2011)
GPS ground control points need to be measured on a regular basis to ensure accurate orthorectified high-resolution airborne imagery.
P-3B Preflight (4 May 2011)
NASA 426 preparing for an IceBridge magnetic calibration mission off the West coast of Greenland over Baffin Bay.
Kee Bird B-29 (29 April 2011)
The destroyed remains of the Kee Bird B-29 Superfortress that made an emergency landing in northwest Greenland on 21 February 1947.
DYE 3, Greenland (25 April 2011)
This abandoned Distant Early Warning RADAR was a convenient location for several ice core samples collected by the Greenland Ice Sheet Project.
DYE 2, Greenland (19 April 2011)
Ice and snow are slowly reclaiming this abandoned DEW installation that serves as a Summer training camp (Camp Raven) for the 109th NY Air National Guard.
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (15 April 2011)
The former Sondrestrom Air Base is Greenland's main air transport hub and Southern base of operations for the OIB Field Team.
CryoSat Corner Reflectors (15 April 2011)
Corner reflectors are used for CryoSat validation and to understand local penetration of radar energy compared with laser scanner returns.
South Pole (4 November 2010)
DMS captured this image of the South Pole Research Station as the DC-8 flew overhead, where you can see huge snow drifts around the base.
Glacial Crossroads (14 April 2010)
The Helheim Glacier area in Southeastern Greenland features many glaciers intersecting each other before flowing into the sea.
Rink Isbr� Glacier (9 April 2010)
The expansive surface of Greenland's largest glacier is clearly visible as it flows West into Baffin Bay.
Glacial Vista (9 April 2010)
This image shows what the Rink Isbr� (right) and the Umiamako Isbr� (left) glaciers look like from 35,000 feet aboard the DC-8.
Thule Airbase (5 April 2010)
This Danish-American base is home to the Operation IceBridge crew while in Greenland and is locked in ice for most of the year.
Nares Strait Sea Ice (26 March 2010)
This image shows the boundary between permanent and seasonal sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, northwest of Greenland.
Nares Strait Sea Ice Vista (26 March 2010)
This image shows the boundary between permanent and seasonal sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, northwest of Greenland.
Petermann Glacier (24 March 2010)
This image shows frozen lakes and rivers on the surface of the fastest moving glacier in Greenland, which broke off during the Summer of 2010.
Petermann Glacier Vista (24 March 2010)
This shot was taken as we flew along the Petermann Glacier and shows what the power of gravity and ice can do to the side of the mountain.
Thwaites Glacier (2 November 2009)
The jumbled surface of Antarctica's second largest glacier is clearly visible as it flows north into the Amundsen Sea.
Icebergs (31 October 2009)
This image shows icebergs off the Antarctic Penninsula coast.
Antarctic Penninsula (31 October 2009)
You can see where an avalance has just occurred (presumably) from the roar of the DC8's engines.
Litchfield Island (31 October 2009)
This protected island is unique among the neighboring islands as a breeding place for six species of native birds and several distinct communities of flora.
Sea Ice (29 October 2009)
Ocean water begins to form ice crystals on the surface once the temperature reaches 28.8° Fahrenheit, eventually solidifying into sea ice.
Pine Island Glacier (27 October 2009)
Here you can see crevasses filled with deep snow drifts on the surface of the Pine Island Glacier.
Weddell Sea (24 October 2009)
This mosaic of three photographic frames shows Weddell Sea ice.
Weddell Sea (24 October 2009)
A close-up of the previous mosaic.
Santa Cruz Island (2 October 2009)
A color image of California's largest island, a protected preserve in the Channel Islands National Park (located in the Santa Barbara Channel).
Ventura, California (2 October 2009)
This shows the urban and agricultural interface taking place on the Oxnard Plain in Ventura County.

ICEBRIDGE MOVIES

IceBridge Informational Video (NSERC)
This piece explains the science and reasoning behind Operation IceBridge with interviews of Project Scientists.
Flying Low Over The Antarctic Peninsula 1 (4 November 2009)
This movie looks out the window onto the frozen lanscape below as the DC8 flies low between mountains and glaciers on the Antarctic Penninsula.
Flying Low Over The Antarctic Peninsula 2 (4 November 2009)
This movie looks out the window onto the frozen lanscape below as the DC8 flies low between mountains and glaciers on the Antarctic Penninsula.
Flying Low Over The Antarctic Peninsula 3 (4 November 2009)
This movie looks out the window onto the frozen lanscape below as the DC8 flies low between mountains and glaciers on the Antarctic Penninsula.
Flying Low Over The Antarctic Peninsula 4 (4 November 2009)
This movie looks out the window onto the frozen lanscape below as the DC8 flies low between mountains and glaciers on the Antarctic Penninsula.
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Sample Imagery

Sample DMS Imagery animation

These images are from Operation IceBridge, collected in the Fall of 2009.

Sample Imagery
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Flight: 12-817-11
Weddell Sea
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Devon Island Ice Camp
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Eastern Greenland
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Thule Airbase, Greenland
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Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Weddell Sea Ice Shelf mosaic
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