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Blog Notes from the Field: Into the Ice

Laboratory scientist Alek Petty writes, "After five days of cruising through open water, it was clear we had to change course and venture further north to find ice."

The 2016 Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project: Searching for Sea Ice

Alek Petty, a sea ice scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is currently making his way to the northern coast of Canada (a small town called Kugluktuk) to embark on the 2016 Joint Ocean Ice Study (JOIS) – a research expedition around the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort Gyre.
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The Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory investigates Earth's ice cover and its connection to the rest of the climate system. Laboratory researchers combine comprehensive surface, aircraft, and satellite observations with sophisticated modeling to characterize the behavior of snow and ice and understand the processes at work.

We provide the scientific expertise needed to develop instrumentation and satellite missions. We develop research-quality datasets and work with the broader research community to ensure their effective use. In addition, Laboratory scientists use their expertise in remote sensing and ice physics to explore cryospheric processes on other solar system bodies.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Cryospheric Sciences Research.

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