Cryospheric Research Roundup

June 2016

 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.

May 2016

 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. 

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April 2016

IceBridge Begins Eighth Year of Arctic Flights

 
Operation IceBridge, NASA’s airborne survey of polar ice, completed its first Greenland research flight of 2016 on April 19, kicking off its eighth spring Arctic campaign. This year’s science flights over Arctic sea and land ice will continue until May 21. The first leg of the mission will be based out of Thule Air Base in northwest Greenland and out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Ten high-priority sea ice flights and three land flights are planned from these two sites. The second part of the Arctic campaign will be based in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and will focus on gauging surface elevation changes in land ice. As in previous years, Operation IceBridge will cooperate with several international research initiatives, including projects from from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the European Space Agency. 
 
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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.

March 2016

 2016 Arctic Sea Ice Wintertime Extent Hits Another Record Low

 
Arctic sea ice reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row. On March 24, Arctic sea ice extent peaked at 14.52 million square kilometers, a new record low winter maximum extent in the satellite record that started in 1979. It is slightly smaller than the previous record low maximum extent of 14.54 million square kilometers that occurred last year. The 13 smallest maximum extents on the satellite record have happened in the last 13 years
 
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