Observational Requirements to
Improve Ice Sheet Models
As a part of the NASA
Operation Ice Bridge (OIB) mission, an extensive monitoring and measurement
program is currently being carried out in both Antarctica and Greenland. The
Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) plans to conduct two major
field campaigns that include surface-based airborne measurements, and flight
tests utilizing UAV technology under development at the University of Kansas.
CReSIS also plans to conduct two additional field campaigns in Antarctica
during the second phase of the Center. Extensive field campaigns are also being
carried out by multiple international organizations. Coordination of these
activities will result in much richer data sets for improving ice sheet models.
We at CReSIS think that
measurements that complement and supplement the OIB data sets would be
extremely valuable both to the CReSIS science team and the broader science
community. CReSIS has led the way in developing new technologies and
techniques optimized for sounding and imaging ice sheet margins and outlet
glaciers with extremely rough surfaces. We have already released bed maps for
Jakobshavn, Helheim and Kangerdlugssuaq glaciers — https://www.cresis.ku.edu/data/Greenland.
CReSIS measurements will likely be conducted from a Twin Otter aircraft, which
can be used to obtain fine-resolution measurements over outlet glaciers.
At this time, we would like to
solicit input from the broader science community for the purpose of identifying
optimum targets that can help process studies and the development of ice sheet
models. For this reason, we are hosting a two-hour dinner meeting to
solicit community input. If you are available to attend, please inform Jenna
Collins at [hidden email]
of your plans, including a brief description of any short, 10-minute presentation
you would like to make. This meeting will take place on Monday, December 13th
from 6:00-8:00pm in Foothill G at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.
We have a small amount of
travel funds to support students or post-doctoral associates desiring to attend
the meeting and participate in the discussions.
We plan to submit a short
report to the National Science Foundation based on the results of the meeting.
S. Prasad Gogineni
Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets
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