IceBridge Science Team (ROSES 2016)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

IceBridge ( is a NASA airborne mission to bridge the gap between NASA’s ICESat (2003-2009) and ICESat-2 satellite missions that use laser altimetry to characterize the Earth’s polar ice sheets. IceBridge has improved our knowledge of the contribution of the world’s major land-based ice sheets and glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica, and Alaska to sea level rise, while making fundamental contributions to understanding changes occurring in the extent and thickness of the polar sea ice.

The IceBridge mission began in 2009 and will continue for at least one year past the launch of ICESat-2, currently planned for launch in late-2017. In addition to laser altimetery, IceBridge employs radar and other methods to monitor and characterize the polar ice. All data collected by IceBridge are available at

This program element supports participation in the IceBridge Science Team (IST) during the third and final phase of IceBridge data collection during Fiscal Year (FY) 2017—2019 to provide advice to the IceBridge project office on flight planning. For this final phase of IceBridge, the mission focuses on ensuring that its observations are set to build a bridge of altimetry measurements from the ICESat to ICESat-2 satellites to develop a multidecadal time series. 

The IceBridge mission will consist of two major airborne data collection campaigns per year; with one in the Antarctic—including the Antarctic ice sheet and Southern Ocean sea ice—and another in the Arctic—including the Greenland ice sheet, Arctic sea ice, and Alaskan mountain glaciers—in their respective spring seasons. One smaller campaign may also occur over the Arctic sea ice and parts of Greenland in the northern hemisphere fall. 

The proposals solicited here are to support participation in the IceBridge Science Team, which provides expert scientific guidance to the IceBridge project that aids in mission planning. To fulfill that role, proposals must include the following sections: 1) the PI’s role as a team member; 2) a small research program based on IceBridge altimetry measurements that supports mission planning and bridging ICESat and ICESat-2; and 3) an optional team leader section.

Proposals are encouraged from researchers at any stage in their career, as well as modelers actively using IceBridge data. Proposals from international scientists with related research interests will be considered at no cost to the program. 


  • Notice of Intent: Aug. 1, 2016
  • Proposal: Sep. 19, 2016




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 19, 2016