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In 2016 & 2017 Zaria Forman was invited to join NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne science mission that has been mapping changes in the ice at both poles for over a decade. Forman joined some of their flights over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada. The aircrafts were equipped with a whole suite of instruments including lasers, radars, an infrared sensor, digital photography and a gravimeter (an instrument used to measure gravity). Flights were 12 hours on average, day after day, and soared only 1,500 feet above glaciers, sea ice, and mountain ranges.


As our climate changes, ice melt is speeding up. The rate at which the whole of Antarctica is shedding ice has tripled over the past decade. The IceBridge missions are collecting critical information that can tell us how this ice loss is occurring—and what these changes mean for sea level rise and coastal communities around the world.

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