IceBridge 2013, Greenland

In September 2013, the NASA LVIS was deployed to Greenland for NASA's Operation IceBridge Summer Campaign. 9 flights were flown over sea ice and the icesheet, repeating flight lines covered by the Spring Campaign using the P3. Two LVIS instruments were mounted in the airplane, side by side, providing almost a 2x widened swath of data: Both sensors collected data within a 200mrad swath with a 50mrad overlap zone at nadir. Data from both sensors 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 LVIS-GH
Flight Platform: NASA C-130
Nominal Flight Altitude: 28,000'
Nominal LVIS Swath Width: 1.8km
(0.4km overlap zone)
Nominal LVIS Footprint Diameter: 20m 10m
LVIS Camera Camera 1 Camera 2
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Model: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II
Image Resolution: 20 Megapixels
5616px x 3744px
Nominal Resolution: 3.6km x 2.4km
Nominal Overlap:


Data Products

LVIS and LVIS-GH 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, LVIS-GH
LVIS L2 Elevation and Height ProductsASCII TXT, LDS 1.04NSIDC: LVIS, LVIS-GH

*Image position and attitude embedded in exif data.

Known Data Set Issues

The lower energy sections of the swaths were removed from the final data sets on some days. This was due to the poor quality installed in the nadir port in the aircraft which caused lensing and burning within the plexiglass. The window was rotated mid-deployment to minimize the affected area.

Localized lower energy sections of the swath were not stable and removed from final data sets where possible. This was caused by the airplane leaking fluid on some sections of some days of flights.

Display MJD Date Region / Remarks Platform Flight Trajectory
56595 30 Oct 2013 Transit to Thule NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56596 31 Oct 2013 South Basin Transect NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56597 01 Nov 2013 North West Grid 01 NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56600 04 Nov 2013 North West Grid 02 NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56601 05 Nov 2013 Cryosat Sea Ice NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56602 06 Nov 2013 North Central Gap NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56604 08 Nov 2013 Jakobshavn ICESat Grid NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56605 09 Nov 2013 Jakobshavn P-3 Grid NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56608 12 Nov 2013 Cryosat Land Ice NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56610 14 Nov 2013 North West Grid 03 NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
56611 15 Nov 2013 Transit to WFF NASA C-130 [JPEG] [PDF] [kmz] [shp]
Fall 2013 All Greenland 2013 Flights NASA C-130 [kmz] [shp]