ICE the Image Composite Editor

The Image Composite Explorer is designed to be an easy first step into the realm of Earth system science, image processing, data analysis, and satellite remote sensing via your Web browser. Click to read About ICE and the rationale for its design; for an in-depth tutorial, read the ICE Users Guide; or jump right in to the Channel Islands example if you prefer to learn using a hands-on approach. A Teacher’s Guide is available for educators who wish to use ICE in their classrooms.

Note: Other previous ICE lessons will be returning to the site soon. If there is one that you had been using previously, please contact us via our contact form and let us know. We are working to return all of the lessons to the site and will attempt to prioritize based on demand.


The ICE Tool was programmed in Java by Tom Whittaker and Tom Rink, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ICE concept and interface design was provided by Tom Whittaker, Robert Simmon, and David Herring, NASA’s Earth Observatory Team. Scientific consultation was provided by Steve Ackerman and Scott Bachmeier, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Wayne Esaias, NASA GSFC. The ICE tool was made possible thanks to funding support provided by Ernest Hilsenrath, NASA GSFC.