Status Report

NASA SMD A.36 ICESat-2 Research POC Change

By SpaceRef Editor
September 4, 2019
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Through ROSES-19 program element A.36 ICESat-2 Research, NASA solicits proposals for Earth science research using observations from the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), which was launched on September 15, 2018.


The Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument on ICESat-2 is the most advanced, highest-resolution altimetry instrument ever placed in Earth orbit. ATLAS is a photon-counting lidar with six beams and ICESat-2’s near-polar orbit is optimized to enable it to characterize elevation changes in Earth’s polar ice.


The mission collects measurements globally – away from the poles – particularly to enable independent determination of vegetation height, but also to support research in hydrology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, and other Earth and applied sciences.


One of the points of contact for A.36 ICESat-2 Research has changed. Hank Margolis has been replaced by Thorsten Markus.


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