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RT supports research on polar ice sheets

Data collection from these missions have secured more than 29TB of data.

Polar research supported by RT has resulted a better understanding of the interactions between the sea ice and land ice. The image below shows an aerial photo of the Jakobshavn Glacier from the Operation Ice Bridge mission.

RT polar research involves support for field researchers creating significant amounts of remote sensing data. Our primary partnership in this realm is with University of Kansas’ Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), in support of NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge and other initiatives. Data collection efforts from these missions have secured:

  • More than 300 flights total in the Operation Ice Bridge program
  • Flights from April 18 – May 21, 2016 resulted in 29TB data collected

IU’s activities in this realm offer considerable opportunities for contributing to the support of grand challenge research in climate change. The data captured through activities in support of Operation Ice Bridge provides a year-by-year record of Arctic and Antarctic change, and IU’s technical expertise can support multiple partnerships performing field research in polar areas.