Cryospheric Sciences

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 22, 2024
12:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Earth Day
610 will have an Earth Science Spirit Day on Earth Day. Wear your favorite Earth shirt and/or wear green and blue.
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Monday, April 22, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special Climate & Radiation Laboratory Seminar
High-Resolution Simulations of Marine Cloud Brightening in Decoupled Marine Boundary Layers
Johannes Kainz, PhD candidate, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich
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Monday, April 22, 2024
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
ESSIC Seminar Series
Reconciling Observation and Model Scales: Locally Relevant Soil Moisture for Water and Climate Breakthroughs
Prof. Noemi Vergopolan, Princeton University, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Program
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamic Laboratory
Rice University, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
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Featured Videos

Antarctic Sea Ice Hits Annual Minimum, Second Lowest On Record

On February 20th, 2024, Antarctic sea ice officially reached its minimum extent for the year. This cycle of growth and melting occurs every year, with the ice reaching its smallest size during the Southern Hemisphere's summer.

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Annual Minimum, Antarctic Sets New Record

Arctic sea ice likely reached its annual minimum extent on Sept. 19, 2023, making it the sixth-lowest year in the satellite record. Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice reached its lowest maximum extent on record on Sept. 10 at a time when the ice cover should have been growing at a much faster pace.

Is Polar Ice Melting? We Asked a NASA Expert

Is polar ice melting? The sobering answer is yes, and it’s the number one contributor to sea level rise. NASA scientist Dr. Brooke Medley tells us how NASA studies the relationship between ice sheets and sea level to better understand our changing planet.

Two Scientists Have a Frank and Honest Discussion about Antarctica

NASA Glaciologists Kelly Brunt and Alex Gardner discuss the history, challenges, and evolution of mapping the Antarctic continent and what it means for science and society.


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Thursday, April 18, 2024

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