IceBridge 2010, Greenland

In Spring 2010, the NASA LVIS was deployed to Greenland for NASA's Operation IceBridge Spring Campaign based from Thule. Multiple flights were flown over the icesheet including a mapping flight of the Rink Glacier in western Greenland and an underflight of the Cryosat sensor. Data were also collected during the transit to Greenland from Palmdale, CA over the western US, Canada, Alaska and the Arctic Ocean, though portions of the transit are affected by cloud cover.

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 lidardata, 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 DC-8
Nominal Flight Altitude: 40,000'
Nominal LVIS Swath Width: 2.6km
Nominal LVIS Footprint Diameter: 25m


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
55277 22 Mar 2010 Alaska/Transit to Thule DC-8 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
55284 29 Mar 2010 northwest Greenland DC-8 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
55295 09 Apr 2010 Rink Glacier DC-8 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
55300 14 Apr 2010 East-central Greenland DC-8 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
55306 20 Apr 2010 Cryosat DC-8 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
55308 22 Apr 2010 transit to Sondestrom DC-8 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
Mar - Apr 2010 All Greenland 2010 Flights DC-8 [kmz] [shp]