NASA scientists have begun research flights aimed at observing Arctic ice sheets and sea ice in and around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean, according to the agency.
The study, known as Operation IceBridge, will use a P-3B research aircraft that will record polar ice measurements that can be compared to previous satellite data.
Data collection of Arctic sea ice concentrations is imperative due to the ice losses seen in 2012, where ice levels were at record-breaking lows.
Maintaining Arctic ice sheets and sea ice is pivotal in sustaining global temperatures and sea levels.
Image: The NASA P-3B sits in the hangar at Thule Air Base (Credit: NASA/Michael Studinger)