Remote Sensing Laboratory

Byrd Polar Research Center

Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere


Spaceborne remote sensing instruments provide our generation, indeed the first

generation, an opportunity to observe repeatedly all of Earth’s atmosphere,

lands, oceans, and ice.  This technology has especially great utility for studying

the Earth’s polar regions, one of the remaining frontiers of human exploration. 

The Remote Sensing Group is a world leader in remote sensing of polar regions

and enjoys an international reputation for its work in the Arctic and Antarctic.


The goals of the Remote Sensing Group are to document the properties of

Earth’s ice cover, to understand the physical mechanisms by which ice cover

changes, and to assess the implications of changing ice cover on the rest of the



Our core strategy has four elements:  describe the physics of remote sensing for

icy terrain; develop algorithms that derive geophysical parameters from remote

sensing data; participate in instrument development and mission design; data

interpretation and geophysical model development.  Our two primary scientific

objectives include mapping the velocity field of Antarctica, and establishing

time series observations of the physical properties of icy terrain from

pole-to-pole.  Our aim is to perform change detection studies that rely on over

3 decades of high-resolution remote sensing data.


Project Links

RAMP Overview

RAMP Data Product Download Page

Post RAMP Products (2004 & 2007 acquisitions)

RAMP and PARCA  related DATA (including 1962-63 Mosaics), Publications

RAMP Project Documents





Jacobshavn Velocity Data

Other Greenland Data




CReSIS Science and Technology Center

IceBridge Science Team Information Page