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ICESat-2: Applications: Early Adopter Program

ICESat-2: Applications: Early Adopter Program

Early Adopters Only

Submission deadline for the 5th call of Early Adopters is February 29, 2016. Proposals may be submitted any time before this date. Please contact us at for nominations. Self-nominations are accepted!

The ICESat-2 Early Adopter (EA) program promotes applications research to provide a fundamental understanding of how ICESat-2 data products can be scaled and integrated into organizations' policy, business, and management activities to improve decision making efforts.

ICESat-2 Early Adopter Program

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Who are Early Adopters?

ICESat-2 EAs are defined as those groups and individuals who have a direct or clearly defined need for ICESat-2 data, who have an existing application, who have an interest in utilizing a proposed ICESat-2 product, and who are capable of applying their own resources (funding, personnel, facilities, etc.) to demonstrate the utility of ICESat-2 data for their particular system or model. The EA will use preliminary data products to emulate the structure of ICESat-2 data products.

What is the goal of the Early Adopter designation?

The goal of the Early Adopter designation is to provide individuals and groups with the unique opportunity to demonstrate the utility of ICESat-2 data in their particular operational system or model before launch of the satellite. Early Adopters commit to engage in pre-launch research, with specific support from the Mission and Applications Team, not only to accelerate the integration of ICESat-2 products after launch into their specific application, but to provide the Mission with valuable feedback on how ICESat-2 can be used for decision support.

Characteristics of the EA program are:

  • The EA program is an unfunded activity formalized through an early data access agreement between the mission and the participating organization.
  • Each EA will be partnered with an SDT member who is developing a product that they could use.
  • The EA will receive access to developmental products and interaction with the product developer enabling them to understand and integrate the new products into their systems.
  • The SDT member will gain a partner who can evaluate products and offer feedback from a functionality perspective as well as potential calibration and validation information.
  • Products provided to the EA organizations will be derived from MABEL (the ICESat-2 airborne simulator) and should be similar in format and functionality to the anticipated products from the mission.

Early Adopters will be solicited through an informal call for nominations. The table shows our first round of Early Adopters.

ICESat-2 Early Adopters (Early Adopters can cover multiple applications)

Early Adopter PI(s) and Institution ICESat-2 Contact Applied Research Topic
Prediction of Changing Ice Environment
Pamela G. Posey [Naval Research Laboratory at John C. Stennis Space Center] Sinead Farrell [UMD, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)] Use of ICESat-2 Data as a validation source for the U.S. Navy's ice forecasting models
Andrew Roberts [Naval Postgraduate School]
Alexandra Jahn [University of Colorado at Boulder]
Adrian Turner [Los Alamos National Laboratory]
Ron Kwok [NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)] An ICESat-2 emulator for the Los Alamos sea ice model to evaluate Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and National Center for Atmospheric Research, sea ice predictions for the Arctic
Andy Mahoney [University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF),Geophysical Institute] Sinead Farrell, [UMD, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)]
Ron Kwok [NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)]
Repeat altimetry of coastal sea ice to map landfast sea ice (fast ice) extent for research and operational sea ice analysts
Stephen Howell [Environment Canada, Climate Research Division] Ron Kwok [NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)] Use of ICESat-2 data for Environment Canada observational applications and prediction systems
Inventorying, Monitoring, and Planning for Land Management
Nancy F. Glenn [Boise State University, Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory] Amy Neuenschwander [University of Texas] Improved Terrestrial carbon estimates with semiarid ecosystem structure
Lynn Abbott and Randy Wynne [both at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University] Sorin Popescu [Texas A&M University] Detection of ground and top of canopy using simulated ICESat-2 lidar data
Wenge Ni-Meister [Hunter College of The City University of New York] Sorin Popescu [Texas A&M University] Mapping vegetation with on-demand fusion of remote sensing data for potential use of U.S. forest service inventories and fire fuel estimates
G. Javier Fochesatto [UAF, Geophysical Institute]
Falk Huettmann [UAF, Institute of Arctic Biology]
Lori Magruder [University of Texas] Using ICESat-2 prelaunch data in high latitude terrestrial ecosystems to allow for continuous monitoring of boreal forests and Arctic tundra
Hazard Monitoring and Forecasting
Volcanoes - Pyroclastic Flow Hazards
Greg Babonis [State University of New York at Buffalo] Alex Gardner [NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)] Applications of ICESat-2 in volcanic and geohazards-related research
Birgit Peterson [U.S. Geological Survey] Amy Neuenschwander [University of Texas] Evaluation of ICESat-2 ATLAS data for wildland fuels assessments
Charon Birkett [UMD, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)] Mike Jasinski [NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)] The application of altimetry data for the operational water level monitoring of lakes and reserviors
Guy J-P. Schumann [University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering] Mike Jasinski [NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)] Assessing the value of the ATL13 inland water level product for the Global Flood Partnership
Kuo-Hsin Tseng [National Central University, Taiwan, Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research] Mike Jasinski [NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)] Using ICESat-2 ground and water level elevation data towards establishing a seasonal and flash flood early warning system in the lower Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin
Rodrigo C.D. Paiva [Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Hydraulic Research Institute] Mike Jasinski [NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)] Improved river hydrodynamics estimates from ICESat-2 for hydrology predictions
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Hazards
Sudhagar Nagarajan [Florida Atlantic University] Bea Csatho [University of Buffalo] Incorporation of simulated ICESat-2 (MABEL) data to increase the time series and accuracy of Greenland/Antarctica Ice Sheet DDEM (Dynamic DEM) - A Feasibility Study
Air Quality
Lucia Mona [Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IMAA)] Steve Palm [SSAI/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)] Aerosol optical properties in polar regions with ICESat-2 lidar

Applications News

 Submission deadline for the 5th call of Early Adopters is February 29, 2016. Read more here.

 Join us for the ICESat-2 Inland Water Focus Session on November 18, 2015. Read more here.

 Join us at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Read more here.

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