Cryospheric Research Roundup
IceBridge’s Summer Campaign In Alaska
Operation IceBridge conducted a short summer campaign in July to study Arctic sea ice melt. The flights, carried July 13-21 from Barrow, Alaska, were primarily aimed to map the extent, frequency and depth of melt ponds, the aquamarine pools of melt water that form on sea ice during spring and summer. Previous studies have shown that how melt ponds form early in the summer is a good predictor of September’s sea ice yearly minimum extent and this IceBridge campaign aims to provide data to help improve melt pond models.
During the Barrow deployment, IceBridge flew six four-hour flights over sea ice in the Beaufort and Chuckchi seas.
New Visiting Scientist
IceBridge's Summer Intern
Sarah Claudy is a senior majoring in English at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Claudy is participating in an Operation IceBridge internship from May 31 to June 24 under the direction of John Woods and Jefferson Beck. During her time at Goddard, she will focus on science communication by creating social media products and educational material for IceBridge. With the experience she gains from this internship, she hopes to pursue further study in environmental policy before, after, or during her time as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy.
Claire Parkinson Elected to National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences announced on May 3 the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among the newly elected members is Claire Parkinson, climate change senior scientist at NASA Goddard’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and — with the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.
IceBridge Completes 2016 Arctic Spring Campaign
Operation IceBridge wrapped up its eighth spring Arctic campaign on May 21. During their five weeks of operations, mission scientists carried out six research flights over sea ice and ten over land ice.
"We collected data over key portions of the Greenland Ice Sheet, like the fast-changing Zachariae Isstrom Glacier, and we got the broad geographic coverage of Arctic sea ice we needed,” said Nathan Kurtz, IceBridge’s project scientist and a sea ice researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “This is an important continuation of the time series for Arctic ice, particularly with the very warm Arctic winter noticeably impacting sea ice retreat and ice sheet melt onset this year.”
The campaign flights were carried aboard one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Hunter planes, a P-3 Orion.
For more info, read this feature.
IceBridge Begins Eighth Year of Arctic Flights
Measuring Snow in the Canadian Arctic
Ludovic Brucker carried out a snow measurement campaign in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in collaboration with University of Sherbrooke, Quebec in late March and early April. He measured snow properties in tens of snow pits within the Greiner watershed of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. The campaign revisited three transects first surveyed last year, and extended the domain with two new transects. This activity is part of Brucker's project on satellite detection of rain on snow events.
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Cryospheric research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center addresses the physics of ice sheets and glaciers, sea ice, snow on ice and land, and their roles in the global climate system.
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