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Notes from the Field: MOSAiC: Gearing Up for Leg Three

MOSAiC expedition scientists prepare for research aboard an icebreaker, which has been frozen into the Arctic sea ice for about three months.

Earth Expeditions: IceBridge Takes Flight from Down Under

Operation IceBridge took off on the first flight of its final polar campaign Thursday, with a route designed to measure the ice in a region of Antarctica the mission had not yet explored.

Notes from the Field Blog: In Search of a New Home Across the Frozen Sea

Ten days ago the Polarstern set sail from Tromsø, traversing the remote Kara and Barents Seas and crossing just north of the islands of Novaya Zemlya and Severnaya Zemlya.

Notes from the Field Blog: Final Preparations

MOSAiC is a polar expedition on the German research icebreaker Polarstern, which will drift along in the Arctic Ocean while trapped in sea ice for one year. The expedition is led by the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research.

Felikson Awarded IACS Early Career Award

Dr. Denis Felikson was awarded the 2019 International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) Early Career Award on July 12, 2019, during the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for his 2017 publication in Nature Geoscience entitled “Inland thinning of the Greenland ice sheet controlled by outlet glacier geometry.”

Arctic Research Highlighted in The Washington Post

In The Washington Post article "Adrift in the Arctic," Dr. Melinda Webster of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory discusses the upcoming Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) campaign and its importance for understanding our Earth and how it is changing.

Notes from the Field Blog: Meet the 88S Expedition Crew

This winter, our field team of four completed the two-week 88S Traverse in Antarctica in an effort to provide the best means of assessing NASA’s ICESat-2.

Notes from the Field Blog: Yes, It's Really Cold

We answer your frequently asked questions about ICESat-2’s Antarctic expedition.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

photo of people at the poster party

Photos from this year's Poster Blowout are available now. Congratulations to everyone, especially this year's winners!

Notes from the Field: We Made it to Antarctica

Traveling to Antarctica is no joke even for veterans like Kelly, but especially for first timers like me.

Notes from the Field: Trail Breaking Grand Mesa

Ground validation measurements are an important part of working with remote sensing instruments like SWESARR. Snow is dynamic and changes occur as soon as it settles to Earth’s surface. In a dry, windy place like Colorado’s Grand Mesa, snow can move around, be packed into drifts, get intercepted in canopy, sublimate back into the atmosphere, and metamorphose into depth hoar as winter progresses.

Notes from the Field: Time to Conduct Another 88S Traverse

It’s that time of year again: Time to conduct another 88S Traverse! We have made it to Antarctica for a second straight year, in support of NASA’s ICESat-2.

Notes from the Field: SWESARR Looks at Snow

SWESARR flew two more flights before coming home. The second-ever SWESARR flight was on December 3, 2018, and the third flight was on December 4.

NASA Earth Expeditions: On the Iceberg Highway

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.

Notes from the Field: First Images From NASA’s Newest Snow Instrument

Thanks to the dedicated work of the NASA Langley Airworthiness and Safety Review Board, SWESARR was cleared to fly Friday afternoon (November 30), and was able to conduct its maiden flight on Saturday December 1, 2018.

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

I knew they were my favorite as soon as I saw them...

Earth Expeditions Blog: Iceberg Ahead!

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

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

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

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

"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."

Parkinson Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Senior Climate Scientist Claire Parkinson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in a ceremony held at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 6. “It is both a wonderful honor and a wonderful opportunity to be elected into the American Academy, which was founded by John Adams and others in 1780, during the American Revolution, with the purpose of cultivating ‘every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people’,” Parkinson said. “The Academy undertakes many important studies on a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, one this year being on Science and the Legal System.”

Earth Matters Blog: First Photons from ICESat-2

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

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

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