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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Sea Ice in the Greenland Sea

08.24.2014
On August 18, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of ice in the Greenland Sea.

NASA Scientists Watching, Studying Arctic Changes This Summer

08.21.2014
NASA scientists are watching the annual melting of the Arctic sea ice cap and leading field campaign to measure the impact of other climate-driven changes in the Arctic.

Snow Cover on Arctic Sea Ice Has Thinned 30 to 50 Percent

08.15.2014
New research confirms that springtime snow on sea ice in the Arctic has thinned significantly in the last 50 years, by about a third in the Western Hemisphere and by half near Alaska.

NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

08.14.2014
A new NASA field campaign - the Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) - will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate.

Looking at Snow Depth with NASA Data

08.13.2014
Understanding the trend in snow depth on Arctic sea ice is important for determining what is happening to the ice now and projecting future changes in the Arctic Ocean.
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Laboratory News

Greenland Firn Aquifer Expedition: Season Two

03.19.2014
Dr. Ludovic Brucker returns to Greenland with team members to further monitor the firn aquifer.
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Overview

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

Contact Us

Thorsten Markus
301.614.5882
thorsten.markus-1@nasa.gov

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Public Affairs office at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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