Shuman was one of many scientists on “iceberg watch” as the cracks in the Larsen C ice shelf expanded to eventually create iceberg A-68.
In the perpetual darkness of Antarctica’s winter, Shuman relied on the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) aboard Landsat 8 for night-vision.
+ Landsat Spots Birth of Iceberg A-68, NASA’s Earth Observatory
+ Nighttime Pictures Reveal Antarctica’s Cracking Ice Shelves, National Geographic
+ Looking at Larsen C Fracture Mechanics with Landsat
+ Landsat ‘Sees in the Dark’ the Evolution of Antarctica’s Delaware-sized Iceberg
+ Massive Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica
Safeguarding freshwater resources is crucial, and while scientists use a variety of ground-based techniques to gauge water quality, the Landsat program has provided water quality data from orbit for decades.