IceBridge (http://www.espo.nasa.gov/oib/) is a new NASA airborne mission making altimetry, radar and other geophysical measurements to monitor and characterize the Earth’s cryosphere. The IceBridge mission began operation in 2009 and will continue until the launch of ICESat-2, currently estimated for early 2016. The Earth’s cryosphere is in a period of rapid change. Understanding these changes, their causes and impacts is critically important to understanding the impacts of future global climate change. Data collected under the IceBridge program will make fundamental contributions to understanding changes occurring in extent and thickness of the Arctic sea ice cap, and contribute to improved modeling of the increases in global sea level from the world’s major ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Appendix A.42, IceBridge, solicits three types of investigations for campaigns occurring during Fall 2010 through Spring 2012: Data Collection – collection of altimetry or gridded data; IceBridge Science Team -- provide expert scientific guidance to the IceBridge project; and Adaptation of existing instruments to NASA’s Global Hawk. Notices of Intent to propose are due February 5, 2010. Proposals are due March 5, 2010.
Appendix A.43, IceBridge: Support for 2010 Activities, solicits two types of investigations for campaigns occurring in Spring and Fall 2010: Data Collection – collection of altimetry or gridded data; and Temporary Leader of the IceBridge Science Team – providing leadership for the ad hoc IceBridge science team that provides expert scientific guidance to the IceBridge project during 2010. Appendix A.43 will be released on January 4 (following a 15 day synopsis period). No Notices of Intent to propose are requested. Proposals are due February 26, 2010.
Questions concerning the IceBridge program may be addressed to Dr. Thomas Wagner or (202) 358-4682.