Ice Mapping App

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The European Space Agency has released a new iOS app for accessing ice data from the ESA’s CryoSat mission.  Cryosat-2 was launched in April of last year to collect data to further understanding of the relationship between the world’s ice coverage and climate change.  Data collected from the satellite includes ice thickness and changes in the world’s ice coverage over both land and water.

CryoSatApp is available for both iPhone and iPad devices and has four sections: mission description, a 3D model of the satellite, position tracking and data visualization.  The mission description section contains videos, imagery, and information about the CryoSat mission.  The 3D model section allows users to explore the CryoSat-2 satellite including the instruments onboard.  The position tracking section allows users to see the current position of the ice tracking satellite.  The final section provides access to the data collected by the satellite: “All geophysical parameters stored in the CryoSat products can be easily displayed at the touch of your fingertips as soon as they are generated on the ground. Users can select the day and orbit from which they want to extract the data, and view Earth’s ice profile from that orbit.

With the new CryoSatApp, elevation profiles are at your fingertips. Users can select the day and orbit from which they want to extract the data, and view Earth’s ice profile from that orbit. Credits: ACS/ESA

With the new CryoSatApp, elevation profiles are at your fingertips. Users can select the day and orbit from which they want to extract the data, and view Earth’s ice profile from that orbit. Credits: ACS/ESA


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