IceBridge 2015, Antarctica

In Fall 2015, LVIS mounted on the NCAR G-V aircraft continued the annual measurements of Antarctica and sea ice for NASA's Operation IceBridge. Data were also collected during transits to and from Chile and within-country weather diverts for other projects. Data are available in both Level1B and Level2 formats. The Level1b data files contain the geolocated laser waveform data for each laser footprint. The Level2 data files contain elevations of reflecting surfaces derived from the Level1b data.

Level 2 files are much smaller and more manageable. For those users not familiar with waveform lidar data, we recommend that you start with the Level2 files before moving to the Level1b files (e.g., for context or to apply different algorithms).

The Level1B data are in HDF5 and the Level2 data are in ascii.

Use the python code posted here to view the data products from this mission.

LVIS Mission Information

LVIS Lidar
Instrument Version: LVIS
Flight Platform: NSF/NCAR G-V
Nominal Flight Altitude: 45,000'
Nominal LVIS Swath Width: 2.7km
Nominal LVIS Footprint Diameter: 20m
LVIS Camera
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5DS R
Lens Model: Carl Zeiss 85mm f/0
Image Resolution: 50.3 Megapixels
8688px x 5792px
Nominal Resolution: 3.6km x 2.4km
Nominal Overlap: 80%


Data Products

LVIS Data Products Format Download Location
Flight TrajectoriesKMZThis page
Camera TrajectoriesKMZComing Soon
LVIS L1A Camera ImageryJPG*Coming Soon
LVIS L1B Geolocated WaveformsHDF, LDS 1.04NSIDC
LVIS L2 Elevation and Height ProductsASCII TXT, LDS 1.04NSIDC

*Image position and attitude embedded in exif data.

Display MJD Date Region / Remarks Platform Flight Trajectory
57283 18 Sep 2015 Transit to Arica, Chile NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57284 19 Sep 2015 Transit to PUQ NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57287 22 Sep 2015 Thwaites-Smith-Kohler NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57289 24 Sep 2015 Thwaites NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57291 26 Sep 2015 South Larsen/English Coast NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57294 29 Sep 2015 Seelye Loop/Cryosat2 NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57298 03 Oct 2015 Palmer/LarsenD NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57300 05 Oct 2015 Getz1/Bell1 NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57302 07 Oct 2015 Weddell/Larsen & Evans NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57305 10 Oct 2015 Larsen C NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57307 12 Oct 2015 PIG Repeat & Enhance NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57309 14 Oct 2015 Peninsula1 NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57312 17 Oct 2015 PIGN NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57315 20 Oct 2015 English Coast NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57317 22 Oct 2015 Weddell Sea & Slessor NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57320 25 Oct 2015 Hull NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57322 27 Oct 2015 PIG & Ferrigno NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57324 29 Oct 2015 North Peninsula 2 NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57327 01 Nov 2015 Transit to Arica, Chile NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
57328 02 Nov 2015 Transit to Broomfield, Co NSF/NCAR G-V [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
Fall 2015 All Antarctica 2015 Flights NSF/NCAR G-V [kmz] [shp]