ICESat-2

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Mission Summary
ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite) uses lasers and a very precise detection instruments to measure the elevation of Earth's surface. By timing how long it takes laser beams to travel from the satellite to Earth and back, scientists can calculate the height of glaciers, sea ice, forests, lakes and more - including the changing ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica.

The ICESat-2 mission is designed to accomplish four science objectives:
----Measure how much melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica contribute to sea level changes
----Measure how ice sheets, glaciers and more are gaining or losing mass in different regions, to help researchers understand the mechanisms behind those changes
----Estimate the thickness of sea ice, and monitor any changes
----Measure the height of forests to calculate the amount of vegetation in a region


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ICESat-2 - IceBridge

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