NOAA Team Helps NASA’s Operation IceBridge Tackle Arctic Spring

NOAA Team Helps NASA’s Operation IceBridge Tackle Arctic Spring


Narrator: Every year you start out with zero. Zero miles flown, zero data collected. This year, IceBridge started out with yet another big zero there were no aircraft available for the mission, as NASA’s decades-old P-3 was getting re-winged. So the team turned to their friends at NOAA for help. And they got … Miss Piggy, another P-3 aircraft and a veteran of 88 hurricane missions from Floyd to Frances to Katrina, operated by a crack flight crew ready to tackle the far frozen north for the first time. After installing IceBridge’s many instruments onto the aircraft, performing needed maintenance, and flying a few test flights over Tampa Bay, the OIB team was finally ready to go. The team’s first target was to take measurements measurements of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, and after a few weeks, IceBridge had achieved solid coverage of the western Arctic basin, and on one mission, even grazed the North Pole itself, coming within 200 meters of the top of the world. From there, the mission changed its focus to northern land ice, and after waiting days for the fog to lift, finally managed to hit a crucial target – the Zachariae Isstrom. This massive glacier drains 5% of the Greenland ice sheet, and in 2012, entered into a phase of rapid retreat, making repeat measurements all the more crucial. Finally, the mission hit a range of classic land ice targets in south and central Greenland, including the Jakobshavn Glacier in the west and Helheim in the East. These measurements, taken at the end of the freeze cycle, will provide a good baseline for IceBridge’s next campaign a high altitude repeat of many of the same flight paths at the end of the melt season. Comparing the two data sets will reveal exactly how the ice has changed over the summer. [music]

8 comments on this post

    Noam Nogasto

    I thought the video said my name at first

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    Jeff

    Damn we burn a lot of oil. When is it suppose to run out. What are we gona do

    Reply

    Joe Morello

    Very interesting, cool video! 🇨🇦😊

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    ElNinioLoco

    Solo machos mucho macho, ¡¡¡espera que hay una chica!!! …. ah no era un tío con el pelo largo…….¿Donde están las mujeres?

    Reply

    Eccentric Gamer

    NASA and NOAA are probably the only two U.S. government agencies that I hold in very high regard.

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    IstasPumaNevada

    Well-made video, and interesting topic.

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    RW-

    no.

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    Марина Тихая

    о чем он говорит? все плохо?

    Reply

    dziad WSZEWIED

    earth is flath, start thinking, start wandering;) wake up'_

    Reply

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