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The Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)
This document discusses the mission of ICESat, the benchmark Earth Observing System satellite intended to measure ice sheet mass balance, cloud and aerosol heights, topography, and vegetative cover. Questions of particular interest to the mission include: is sea level is rising?; are the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets growing or shrinking?; are ice sheets are capable of causing large, rapid changes in sea level?; and will the ice sheets melt or grow in a warmer climate? Datasets, imagery, and pictures of the launch are included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Climatology
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information are unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-603
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center

Contact: Dr H. Z. Zwally
Goddard Space Flight Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration