Cryospheric Research Roundup
December 2013 - February 2014
Cryo Lab Members Receive Robert H. Goddard awards
Three members of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory received 2013 Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Awards.
Christy Hansen and Michael Studinger received a team leadership award for their extraordinary efforts and meticulous planning and implementation of Operation IceBridge missions that are enabling 3-dimensional views of the Earth’s polar regions.
Sophie Nowicki received a mentoring award, for attracting and mentoring talented students and postdocs into the challenging field of numerical modeling to improve our understanding of global climate and sea level rise.
IceBridge’s First Antarctic Campaign from McMurdo Station
Operation IceBridge begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with a survey of the Transantarctic Mountains on Nov. 18. Unlike previous years, when IceBridge Antarctic missions were conducted out of Punta Arenas, Chile, this year the flights will leave from he National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The new base of operations will allow IceBridge to survey areas that had been too remote from Chile, such as the Ross Sea area.
To learn more, visit the IceBridge website
History of Winter 2014: Registration Open
Educators can now register for the 2014 edition of History of Winter, a week-long workshop for elementary and secondary science teachers to experience the world of cryospheric science research. Guided by professional glaciologists, the participants will spend the week of February 13- in Lake Placid, New York learning about common field research techniques that are often used as ground validation for NASA satellite missions.
To register, visit the HOW website
Posters on NASA’s Work in Greenland Available for Download
Ice in Motion, a series of posters depicting NASA’s work in Greenland, is now freely available for download here. The posters, which were translated into Danish and Greenlandic with the help of high school students, are currently on display at several airports and high schools in Greenland. The posters were designed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Copenhagen, the government of Greenland and the Joint Committee, a forum involving the Greenlandic, Danish and U.S. governments.
Read more about this exhibit in The Arctic Journal.
Comiso’s Role in IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
Josefino “Joey” Comiso, Senior Research Scientist at Goddard’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, is coordinating lead author for “Chapter 4: Observations: Cryosphere” of the Fifth Assessment Report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Comiso is also a contributing author to one of the most popular portions of the new report, the Summary for Policymakers, and he traveled to Copenhagen in late September to participate in the negotiations over the wording of this summary.
New Members of the Lab
Walt Meier started at the lab as a research scientist in July. Meier, whose research focuses on remote sensing of sea ice, development of new sea ice products and sea ice climate data records, and analyzing changes in the Arctic sea ice cover, comes from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he worked as a research scientist from 2003 to 2013. He had previously been an adjunct assistant professor in the Oceanography Department at the U.S. Naval Academy and a visiting scientist at the U.S. National Ice Center.
Nathan Kurtz, who first joined the lab in 2005 as a graduate research assistant, became a civil servant on July 1. In his new role as a research physical scientist, Kurtz works on NASA's Operation IceBridge project as well as the ICESat and CryoSat-2 satellite missions.
Christopher Crawford joined the lab in August as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. Crawford comes to NASA Goddard from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he recently completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Geography. His research focuses on developing multi-sensor visible/infrared snow cover climate data records of seasonal mountain snowpack extent across the western United States for climate variability and change study.
GROVER Passes Its First Polar Test
GROVER didn’t have it easy in Greenland: the solar-powered rover, developed under the supervision of Lora Koenig, had to defy 30 mph gusts and temperatures down to minus 22 F while Boise State University graduate students tested its power consumption and ability to collect radar data, among other parameters. The robot demonstrated it was able to execute commands sent from afar over an Iridium satellite connection.
To learn more about the GROVER testing and watch a video, click here.
Lab Offers Activities for DeafBlind Camp of Maryland
Some 100 campers and volunteers from the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland were able to enjoy the hands-on activities organized by the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory and other NASA Goddard labs on June 12. One of the most popular activities among the visitors, most of whom had significant hearing and vision loss, was trying on the polar gear displayed at the lab’s booth. The campers also showed interest in a Greenlandic ice core bit and in a visual and tactile demonstration of how ice deforms at different temperatures.
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