Image of the Week: Testing IcePod in Antarctica

Image of the Week: Testing IcePod in Antarctica

Antarctica

Robin Bell, Chris Bertinato, Nick Frearson, Winnie Chu and Tej Dhakal, scientists from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s Polar Geophysics Group, at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The researchers are standing with IcePod, an ice imaging system consisting of ice-penetrating radar, infrared and visible cameras, a laser altimeter and other data-collection instruments. IcePod attaches to a New York Air National Guard LC-130 aircraft and measures the ice surface and ice bed in great detail. This vital data enables the scientists to track changes in ice sheets and glaciers, and better understand the processes that drive these changes.