IceBridge 2009, Greenland

In Spring 2009, the NASA LVIS, colocated in the NASA P3B aircraft with other IceBridge sensors was deployed to Greenland for NASA's Operation IceBridge Spring Campaign based from Thule. Three dedicated high-altitude flights were flown over the icesheet and sea ice. Data are available in 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.

LVIS Mission Information

LVIS Lidar
Instrument Version: LVIS
Flight Platform: NASA P-3
Nominal Flight Altitude: 28,000'
Nominal LVIS Swath Width: 1.8km
Nominal LVIS Footprint Diameter: 20m


Data Products

LVIS Data Products Format Download Location
Flight TrajectoriesKMZThis page
LVIS L1B Geolocated WaveformsHDF, LDS 1.04NSIDC
LVIS L2 Elevation and Height ProductsASCII TXT, LDS 1.04NSIDC

Display MJD Date Region / Remarks Platform Flight Trajectory
54935 14 Apr 2009 central and eastern Greenland P-3 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
54936 15 Apr 2009 northwest Greenland P-3 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
54937 16 Apr 2009 sea ice north of Greenland P-3 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
14 - 16 Apr 2009 All Greenland 2009 Flights P-3 [kmz] [shp]