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Development of a Polar Multidisciplinary Airborne Imaging System for the International Polar Year 2007-2009
Entry ID: NSF-ANT06-19457


Summary
Abstract: This project develops a system of airborne instruments to explore the polar ice sheets and their underlying environments. The instrument suite includes an ice-penetrating radar, laser altimeter, gravimeter and magnetometer. Airborne geophysical measurements are key to understanding the 99% of Antarctica and 85% of Greenland covered by ice, which have thus far been studied at the postage stamp level. Projects linking ice sheet behavior to underlying geology will immediately benefit from this system, but even more exciting are the system's potential uses for work at the frontiers of polar science, such as: 1) exploring subglacial lakes, recently discovered and potentially the most unique sites on Earth for understanding life in extreme environments; 2) locating the deepest, oldest ice, which would offer million year and older samples of the atmosphere; and 3) interpreting Antarctica's subglacial geology, which contains unique and unstudied volcanoes, mountains, and tectonic provinces. In terms of broader impacts, this project constructs research infrastructure critical to society's understanding of sea level rise, and supports a project involving domestic, international, and private sector collaborations.

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Description: NSF Award Abstract #0619457

Geographic Coverage
 N: 72.5 S: 66.0  E: -36.0  W: -51.0

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-08-15
Stop Date: 2009-07-31


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
SOLID EARTH > CRUST


Science Keywords
SOLID EARTH >GRAVITY/GRAVITATIONAL FIELD >GRAVITY    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >GEOMAGNETISM >MAGNETIC FIELD >MAGNETIC ANOMALIES    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS    [Definition]


Project
NSF/PLR >Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation    [Information]
AMBS >Antarctic Multibeam Bathymetry & Geophysical Synthesis    [Information]
IPY >INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR    [Information]


Data Set Progress
ACTIVE


Data Center
United States Antarctic Program Data Center    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.usap-dc.org/

Data Center Personnel
Name: ROBERT A. ARKO
Email: info at usap-data.org
Contact Address:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA


Personnel
ROBIN E. BELL
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 845 365 8827
Fax: 845 365 8179
Email: robinb at ldeo.columbia.edu
Contact Address:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA


MICHAEL S. STUDINGER
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 845 365 8598
Fax: 845 365 8179
Email: mstuding at ldeo.columbia.edu
Contact Address:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
City: PALISADES
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA


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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-12



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