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Arctic Sea Ice 6th Lowest on Record; Antarctic Sees Record Low Growth

Arctic sea ice likely reached its annual minimum extent on September 19, 2023, making it the 6th lowest year in the satellite record

NASA Tech Lets Scientists See Snow-Water Through the Trees

NASA scientists are testing a technology that from orbit could more accurately measure water stored in snow.

Melting on Humboldt Glacier

Unusual late-season melting in Greenland turned the glacier’s surface into a mishmash of ice, firn, melt, and dirt.

NASA-funded Study: Half of Glaciers Vanish with 1.5 Degrees of Warming

Glaciers in remote regions — far from the human activities — are particularly powerful indicators of climate change. Rapidly melting glaciers impact freshwater availability, landscapes, tourism, ecosystems, the frequency and severity of hazards, and sea level rise.

Exceptionally Low Antarctic Sea Ice

The extent of winter sea ice surrounding Antarctica is in uncharted territory in the satellite record.

Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier

The glacier is a popular tourist destination near Juneau, but each year there is less of it to see.

NASA Software Catalog Offers Free Programs for Earth Science, More

Each year, NASA scientists, engineers, and developers create software packages to manage space missions, test spacecraft, and analyze the petabytes of data produced by agency research satellites. As the agency innovates for the benefit of humanity, many of these programs are now downloadable and free of charge through NASA’s Software Catalog.

Summer Breakout in Northeast Greenland

Seasonal warmth led to the rapid disintegration of sea ice near the junction of two large outlet glaciers.

Wasting Away (Again) in Greenland

Warm weather caused substantial melting in June and July 2023, especially on the southern portion of the island.

NASA Offers Many Resources to Monitor Climate Change

In light of recent extreme weather events in the United States and around the world, NASA held a media roundtable July 20 from its headquarters in Washington to highlight the agency’s climate work.

NASA to Discuss Climate Work in Wake of Record High Temps

NASA leadership, including climate experts, will be available at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington to shed light on recent extreme weather events, and discuss how NASA research and data is enabling climate solutions.

NASA Space Apps Announces 2023 Theme: Explore Open Science Together

NASA Space Apps, in collaboration with NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS), is proud to announce the 2023 NASA International Space Apps Challenge theme: “Explore Open Science Together.” This year’s theme celebrates the benefits and successes created through the equitable and open sharing of knowledge and data. Registration is open through Oct 8.

El Niño Returns

The climate phenomenon emerged in late spring 2023, as waters grew warmer and sea levels rose higher than usual in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Splintering Sea Ice in the Amundsen Gulf

Sea ice crumbled rapidly in the waters of northern Canada as conditions changed in May.

Retreat at Petermann Glacier

Decades of retreat are visible from above, but harder-to-see changes below the waterline could also affect this iconic glacier’s future.

NASA Goddard, National Philharmonic Explore Cosmos Through Imagery, Music Collaboration

Awe-inspiring NASA visuals combined with the might of a live symphonic orchestra last week in “Cosmic Cycles,” a multimedia collaboration among the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the National Philharmonic, and composer Henry Dehlinger.

VP Harris, South Korea President Yoon Visit NASA Goddard

Vice President Kamala Harris and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk Yeol saw firsthand how NASA studies climate change during a visit to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, this afternoon.

VP Harris, South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol to Visit NASA Goddard

Vice President Kamala Harris and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 25, to see firsthand the agency’s climate change work. NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy and Goddard Center Director Makenzie Lystrup will join them on tour.

That’s No Meteor: NASA Satellite’s Elusive Green Lasers Spotted at Work

For the first time, NASA's ICESat-2 team has seen footage of the satellite’s green laser beams streaming from orbit to Earth

Long-Lived Iceberg Sails Away

An enormous iceberg located off the Antarctic coast for more than two decades finally started moving out to sea in late 2022.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Science in Action

This Earth Day, you can join us in person and online to see how our observations help us monitor the planet’s vital signs and share them with scientists and citizens around the world.

NASA Releases Agency Climate Strategy

NASA has been working to better understand our home planet from the unique vantage point of space since the first TIROS satellites launched in the 1960s. Today, with more than two dozen Earth-observing satellites and instruments, it’s clearer than ever that our planet is an interconnected system.

Arctic Sea Ice Below Average in Winter 2023

The end-of-winter sea ice extent in March 2023 was the fifth lowest in the satellite record.

NASA Uses 30-Year Satellite Record to Track and Project Rising Seas

Observations from space show that the rate of sea level rise is increasing. Knowing where and how much rise is happening can help coastal planners prepare for future hazards. Since satellites began observing sea surface height in 1993 , the average global sea level has increased by 3.6 inches (9.1 cm), according to NASA’s Sea Level Change Team.

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Another Record Low

The long-term trend for sea ice in the south is still flat, while the global trend points downward.

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