Resource Available: ICESat-2 Data

Date: 
7 June 2019

Resource Available
ICESat-2 Data
National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

For more information, go to:
https://icesat-2.gsfc.nasa.gov

For ICESat-2 data access, tools, and services, go to:
https://nsidc.org/data/icesat-2


The National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) announces the release of ICESat-2 data.

ICESat-2 collects data globally, taking height measurements of clouds, the ocean, vegetation, land cover, and bodies of water. In some coastal areas, with clear waters the satellite can detect the seafloor up to 30 meters below the surface. Over forests, the satellite can not only detect the top of the canopy, but the forest floor below.

The sole instrument on ICESat-2 is the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) designed and built at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center. ATLAS’s six beams collect elevation measurements along repeated ground tracks across the Arctic as well as Antarctica, to reveal changes in ice elevation and measurements of sea ice freeboard. Data collection began on 14 October 2018, and the data products have matured to the point that the team is able to share them.

For more information, go to:
https://icesat-2.gsfc.nasa.gov

For ICESat-2 data access, tools, and services, go to:
https://nsidc.org/data/icesat-2