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Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)
Mission Category: Earth Systematic Missions, Decadal Survey, Tier 1
Launch Date: 2018
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base
The Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission is one of the first four missions recommended for launch by NASA by the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) within Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond. The ICESat-2 mission will provide elevation measurements over the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets to quantify changes in ice-sheet mass, the mechanisms that drive that change (variations in accumulation, changes in ice melt, or ice flow acceleration/deceleration), and the impact of these changes on future global sea level; monitor changes in sea-ice thickness to examine ice-ocean-atmosphere exchanges of energy, mass, and moisture; and measure vegetation canopy height as a basis for estimating large-scale biomass and biomass change.
Key Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 Facts
|Launch Vehicle:||Delta II|
|Altitude:Distance from sea level.||481km|
ATLAS (Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System)
GPSP (Global Positioning System Payload)
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Relevant Science Focus Areas:
- Climate Variability and Change
- Earth Surface and Interior
- Water and Energy Cycles
Relevant Science Questions:
- How are global ecosystems changing?
- How can climate variations induce changes in the global ocean circulation?
- How is the global sea level affected by natural variability and human-induced change in the Earth system?
- How will future carbon cycle dynamics and terrestrial and marine ecosystems change in the future?
- What changes are occurring in the mass of the Earth’s ice cover?
- Air Quality
- Carbon Management
- Coastal Management
- Ecological Forecasting
- Water Management