Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
Research article
27 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 27 Nov 2020

Using ICESat-2 and Operation IceBridge altimetry for supraglacial lake depth retrievals

Zachary Fair, Mark Flanner, Kelly M. Brunt, Helen Amanda Fricker, and Alex Gardner

Data sets

ICESat-2 Supraglacial Lake Depth Data Zachary Fair

ATLAS/ICESat-2 L2A Global Geolocated Photon Data, Version 2. T. A. Neumann, A. Brenner, D. Hancock, S. B. Luthcke, J. Lee, J. Robbins, K. Harbeck, J. Saba, K. M. Brunt, and A. Gibbons

IceBridge ATM L1B Elevation and Return Strength, Version 2 M. Studinger

Model code and software

Lake Depth Retrieval Algorithm Zachary Fair

Short summary
Ice on glaciers and ice sheets may melt and pond on ice surfaces in summer months. Detection and observation of these meltwater ponds is important for understanding glaciers and ice sheets, and satellite imagery has been used in previous work. However, image-based methods struggle with deep water, so we used data from the Ice, Clouds, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) and the Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM) to demonstrate the potential for lidar depth monitoring.