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Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« on: March 12, 2017, 11:57:03 AM »
The Arctic 2017 NASA Operation IceBridge campaign is already underway. NASA report that:

For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, providing scientists with valuable data on how polar ice is changing in a warming world. Now, for the first time, the campaign will expand its reach to explore the Arctic’s Eurasian Basin through two research flights based out of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the northern Atlantic Ocean.

The mission is surveying the region as part of its 2017 Arctic spring campaign, which completed its first flight on March 9 and will continue until May 12.

The Operation Icebridge Facebook page reveals that:

IceBridge had a great first mission of the campaign flying over Arctic sea ice to the North Pole and back. This is the earliest in the year the mission has been flown and the sun is still waiting for spring to rise at the highest latitudes, precluding good photo opportunities at the pole itself. Here [is an] image of Ellesmere Island and the surrounding sea ice with the sun peeking just over the horizon.

Photo credit NASA/Nathan Kurtz:

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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 02:19:56 PM »
Can't wait to see the results, in relation to the PIOMAS vs CryoSat divergence.
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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 03:36:33 PM »
Can't wait to see the results, in relation to the PIOMAS vs CryoSat divergence.

The IceBridge P3 did a CryoSat-2 under flight at the start of the campaign:

https://www.facebook.com/NasaOperationIcebridge/posts/1262585787151772

It'll take a while for the results to be revealed however!

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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 10:52:40 AM »
A set of stunning photographs from Mario Tama, embedded with Operation IceBridge this year:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/04/above-canada-and-greenland-with-nasas-operation-icebridge/521733/
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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 02:43:05 PM »
They're posting amazing photos almost daily on FB and probably on Twitter and Snapchat, too, for all I know.  Today they're flying "Northwest Coastal C."


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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 02:47:13 PM »
Yesterday: "This morning IceBridge is preparing for the CryoVex-2 sea ice survey, the last mission of the campaign that will coordinate with other partners. Today's flight underflies a pass by the CryoSat-2 satellite, and conditions permitting, this afternoon a CryoVex team based out of Alert will hopefully deploy by Twin Otter and survey in situ the southernmost sites on the CryoSat-2 line. Prior to the beginning of surveying the CryoSat-2 line from its northern end, we will transit over Ellesmere Island and survey three quarters of the northernmost transect of North Canada Basin, a high-priority sea ice flight."



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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 07:12:55 AM »
Does anyone know if they posted a photo of the Nares "Arch" in the Lincoln Sea? I am very curious to see what it looks like up close.

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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 12:37:54 PM »
Oren, I've been looking for that too.

And a big chunk has just broken loose (April 12).

http://www.arctic.io/explorer/4Xa5A/2017-04-12/9-N82.26727-W60.25128

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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2017, 04:49:11 PM »
Does anyone know if they posted a photo of the Nares "Arch" in the Lincoln Sea? I am very curious to see what it looks like up close.


This is how it looked like on March 24, seen from Polar-5 during one of the CryoVEx surveys (http://blogs.esa.int/campaignearth/)
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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2017, 05:47:31 PM »
Here are some amazing Arctic (IceBridge) photos from an article in Mashable today:

http://mashable.com/2017/04/13/arctic-meltdown-nasa-photos-changing-ice/#1rOFESH4O05o
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Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2017
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 06:51:38 PM »
Nice article about Arctic and Operation IceBridge, CNN front page today. http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2017/04/world/arctic-nasa-cnnphotos/index.html