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Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf Finally Breaks

A long-watched rift has spawned an iceberg about twice the size of New York City.

Clear Days for Iceberg Spotting

The summer sky was unusually cloud-free when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Antarctic Peninsula.

Thinning of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream

Greenland’s largest ice stream is expected to contribute more to sea level rise than models previously indicated.

Floodwater Inundates North-Central California

Heavy rain and levee breaches triggered flooding in parts of Sacramento and the Bay Area.

Blizzard Conditions in the U.S. Northeast

An Arctic cold front swept across the Great Lakes and brought fierce winds and potent lake-effect snow.

NASA’s SMCE Team Helps Scientists Develop Collaborative Cloud Computing Projects

An agile team of computer experts at NASA Goddard helps scientists collaborate and develop Open Science projects in astrophysics, Earth science, biology, and heliophysics by creating the SMCE managed cloud environment for science.

NASA Press Events at 2022 Fall AGU Meeting

NASA researchers will be presenting findings on Earth and space sciences Dec.12-16 at the American Geophysical Union's 2022 Fall meeting, being held virtually and in Chicago this year.

Phytoplankton May Be Abundant Under Antarctic Sea Ice, Study Suggests

A decade ago, scientists on a NASA-sponsored ocean expedition found massive populations of phytoplankton blooming beneath sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. Now scientists using underwater instruments and a NASA satellite have found evidence of potentially significant blooms beneath the sea ice encircling Antarctica.

Arctic Cyclones to Intensify as Climate Warms, NASA Study Predicts

NASA scientists project spring Arctic cyclones will intensify by the end of this century because of sea ice loss and rapidly warming air and water surface temperatures.

A Mountain of Terror?

The Antarctic volcano is not as terrifying as its name implies.

NASA’s Economic Benefit Reaches All 50 States

NASA released the results of its second agencywide economic impact report on Thursday, demonstrating how its Moon to Mars activities, investments in climate change research and technology, as well as other work generated more than $71.2 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2021.

Taking Stock of Edgy Parts of Greenland

Loss of ice at the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet was often discounted; recent research suggests it should not be.

2022 Arctic Summer Sea Ice Tied for 10th-Lowest on Record

According to satellite observations, Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent on Sept. 18, 2022.

A Half-Century of Loss in Northwest Greenland

A pair of Landsat images acquired 49 years apart reveals where the region’s glaciers and ice caps have retreated and narrowed.

NASA Ice Scientists Take Flight from Greenland to Study Melting Arctic Ice

Over the next two weeks, a handful of NASA scientists will be living very different lives from the rest of us: they will board a research plane in Greenland alongside laser instruments to help calibrate NASA’s space-based measurements of Arctic ice.

NASA Approves Continuation of ICESat-2 After 3+ Years of Big Results

As ICESat-2 mission receives the green light to continue operation after successfully completing its three-year primary mission, scientists highlight what it has already discovered.

Tracking the Demise of a Giant Antarctic Iceberg

Scientists recently chronicled the death throes of A-68A, one of the world’s largest-known icebergs.

Losing a Long-Watched Glacier

Scientists have been observing Peyto Glacier in Alberta since the 1960s.

Ice Lost, Island Found?

An unnamed mound of white off East Antarctica seems to be an island.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

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Every Day is Earth Day at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation

The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Investing in Earth.” A significant investment in understanding Earth has already been made with the creation of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1990, where every day is Earth Day.

Gravity Assist: Walking on Broken Ice, with Catherine Walker

An Antarctic ice shelf collapsed in March, concerning scientists who track melting glaciers, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. Catherine Walker, a visiting scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, uses NASA satellite data to look at the progression of events like this one to understand how large ice structures collapse.

NASA Scientist Discovers New Means to Measure Snow Depth from Space

A NASA scientist is adding a new dimension to the climate-observing powers of a satellite instrument whose main mission is to measure the height of Earth's ice sheets and sea ice. And the inspiration for this new method comes from how ants walk around their colonies.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Every #NASAEarthling

NASA’s space exploration continues to inspire us to be better stewards of our planet and Earth Day is a great time to celebrate what we’ve done and can do to keep Earth everyone’s favorite planet in the universe.

Ice Shelf Collapse in East Antarctica

The shelf’s disintegration in March 2022 has reshaped a landscape where coastal glacial ice was once thought to be stable.

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