January - February 2012

MABEL Engineering Flights

The Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar (MABEL) team conducted a series of engineering flights from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (Palmdale, CA), on 22-24 Feb., in preparation for the instrument's month-long deployment in Greenland in April.
MABEL data will provide the foundation for future Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) science. The instrument is tucked in the nosecone of an ER-2 aircraft, which also carries on its right wing a Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL), a device that measures cloud cover density. New to this deployment is the addition of a Digital Camera System placed behind the pilot. The camera will help researchers assess MABEL data in future deployments to the Arctic.

Pennsylvania Teacher to Fly with IceBridge

Tim Spuck, a high school teacher from Oil City, Penn., was selected through the National Science Foundation's PolarTREC program to work with IceBridge scientists and participate next April in survey flights during the 2012 Arctic campaign. He will be joined by two educators from Greenland and two from Denmark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Spuck will write about his experience on the PolarTREC blog

Tom Neumann's Lecture on NASA's Polar Science

Cryospheric scientist Tom Neumann gave a public talk at Goddard's Visitor Center on March 8. About two dozen people attended the presentation, titled "Penguins, Polar Bears, and Laser Beams from Space: NASA Science at the Poles". The lecture gave an overview of the polar research carried by the Cryospheric Sciences Lab members, including the upcoming satellite mission ICESat-2.