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