Exploration of ICESat-2 satellite laser altimetry for geoscientific applications
ICESat-2 is a novel satellite laser altimeter that will produce repeat cm-precision elevation profiles over the entire Earth. For each laser-shot, the instrument measures the return of every single photon arriving back at the instrument. This enables a number of unprecedented applications.
The purpose of the study is to test accuracies and potential geoscientific applications of ICESat-2. Potential applications include glacier changes, permafrost changes, snow cover, sea ice, or natural hazards, but also other application fields are possible, such as hydrology.