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NASA Earth Expeditions: On the Iceberg Highway

12/07/2018
If you remember the movie Titanic, this looks like a terrible place for a cruise. But to a captain with a lifetime of experience navigating around Greenland, it was a safe passage. And to scientist Ian Fenty of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, it was a great place for research.

Earth Expeditions Blog: A Few of My Favorite (Frozen) Things

11/13/2018
I knew they were my favorite as soon as I saw them...

Earth Expeditions Blog: Iceberg Ahead!

11/08/2018
NASA’s Operation IceBridge flew over a new iceberg that is three times the size of Manhattan on Wednesday – the first known time anyone has laid eyes on the giant berg, dubbed B-46, that broke off from Pine Island Glacier in late October.

Earth Matters Blog: Famous Rectangular Iceberg’s Rough Journey

11/05/2018
The sharp-angled iceberg that made headlines in late October 2018 had a longer, rougher journey than was initially thought.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Chasing Sea Ice While Playing Tag With a Satellite

10/29/2018
This mission, called Mid-Weddell, is probably the most complex of not only the fall 2018 Antarctic campaign but all of IceBridge.

Ambassador Flies with IceBridge

10/19/2018
The US ambassador to Chile, Carol Perez, flew with the Operation IceBridge team on one of their science flights on October 16. They are currently based in Punta Arenas, Chile, and are conducting cryospheric science flights over Antarctica using NASA’s DC-8 aircraft.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Inspiring Students 1,500 Feet Above Antarctica

10/17/2018
"One of the great things about [Operation IceBridge] and NASA airborne science in general is that we have the ability to connect and chat with students in classrooms all over the world during our flights. ... Teachers can connect their classrooms with us and ask all types of questions, from climate change to what OIB does, what we studied in school, and what we eat on the plane."

Earth Matters Blog: First Photons from ICESat-2

10/05/2018
A new mission to monitor Earth’s changing ice fired its laser for the first time and returned its first height measurements from across the Antarctic ice sheet.

Earth Expeditions: A New Deputy Gearing up for a New Deployment

09/28/2018
Beginning the second week of October, Linette Boisvert will be flying down to Punta Arenas, Chile, (basically the other end of the Earth!) on NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory to help lead IceBridge’s Antarctic Fall campaign.

ICESat-2 Launch Information

09/11/2018
Whether you’re heading to California for the ICESat-2 launch, or hosting a launch viewing party from afar, discover activities to help celebrate!

Newman and Brucker Selected for AGU Awards

08/09/2018
Congratulations to Paul Newman and Ludovic Brucker for their recently announced American Geophysical Union awards. Newman was selected for the Jule Gregory Charney Lecture and Brucker was selected for the Cryosphere Early Career Award.

Earth Matters Blog: Glory of the Pilot

07/09/2018
Glories—colorful, circular optical phenomenon caused by water droplets scattering light—are frequently spotted by scientists and crew with NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission

ICESat-2 at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

04/07/2018
Children, teens and their families had an opportunity to learn about the ICESat-2 mission and experience ICESat-2’s altimeter interactive exhibit at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 7-8, in Washington, DC. While some participants had their heights measured with the exhibit’s mock-up satellite, others leveraged NASA’s Scavenger Hunt to ask lots of questions about the mission and how it can help our Earth!

FutureCon: NASA Science in the Extremes

04/02/2018
As a part of the AwesomeCon conference in Washington, D.C., a panel of NASA scientists presented on research in extreme conditions.

Petty quoted in Earther article on the Arctic

02/23/2018
Alek Petty was mentioned in this write-up on the changes in the Arctic.

Poster Blowout 2018

02/05/2018
Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.
Best,
Colleen


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EO Kids: Ice on Earth: By Land & By Sea

01/24/2018
This month, EO Kids is covering a “cool” topic in Earth science. The newest edition of EO Kids, "Ice on Earth: By Land & By Sea," covers two types of ice on the Earth’s surface and how NASA scientists use satellites to study these frozen features from space. Plus, follow two NASA scientists on their extreme camping trip for science across an unexplored stretch of Antarctica.

Antarctica from Above: Flying for Science, Finding Beauty

01/11/2018
Photographs from the 2017 Operation IceBridge field campaign show the many forms of land and sea ice around the frozen (and melting) southern continent.

Notes from the Field: ICESat-2 Antarctic Traverse

12/09/2017
Greetings from New Zealand!

Soon, we’ll report back from even further south. We’re headed to the heart of the Antarctic ice sheet, to collect measurements on the ground for the ICESat-2 mission.

Medley Talks Lasers at Awesome Con

06/19/2017
Brooke Medley participated in "NASA's Space Lasers," a panel on the agency's latest laser technology that was held on June 16 at Awesome Con, Washington D.C.’s annual comics and pop culture convention. Medley discussed the science behind ICESat-2 -- specifically, why NASA is studying the Earth’s ice sheets and how the scientific community will use ICESat-2’s lasers to improve their understanding of polar ice.

Earth Matters Blog: Icy Landscapes Near Svalbard

05/29/2017
NASA’s Operation IceBridge 2017 Arctic campaign included flights out of the Norwegian archipelago.

Poinar Gives TED Talk

04/28/2017
On Apr. 26, glaciologist Kristin Poinar spoke at a session of the popular TED Talks that focused on climate change. Poinar discussed her recent work on a perennial aquifer that lies buried within the Greenland Ice Sheet. Poinar’s numeric models have shown that the water from the aquifer is reaching the bedrock underneath the ice, ultimately draining to the ocean and contributing to sea level rise.

During her talk, Poinar highlighted the role of satellites in advancing polar science: “Aircraft and satellites are revolutionizing glaciology. They’re revealing new, hidden facts about the ice sheet constantly.”

New Lab Member

04/17/2017
Tyler Sutterley joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory in April as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow. Sutterley comes from the Earth System Science Department at the University of California, Irvine.There, he used a combination of remote sensing observations from NASA's GRACE, ICESat-1 and Operation IceBridge missions and climate model outputs to study modern-day changes of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. During his fellowship at Goddard, he'll use laser altimetry observations from Operation IceBridge, ICESat-1 and the upcoming ICESat-2 mission to investigate elevation changes in the Antarctic Peninsula and in West Antarctica, currently the biggest Antarctic contributors to sea level rise. Using the suite of elevation data, he'll investigate the impacts of ice shelf thinning, degradation and loss on the behavior of the inland glaciers flowing into the shelves.

Earth Matters Blog: Green Ice and Snow

03/21/2017
You never know where phytoplankton will turn up next...

Video Roundup: Snow, Snow Everywhere

03/16/2017
In a March oundup of the latest eye-catching earth science videos from NASA and beyond, snow emerged as a theme.
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