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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.

NASA Finds 2022 Arctic Winter Sea Ice 10th-Lowest on Record

Arctic sea ice appeared to have hit its annual maximum extent on Feb. 25 after growing through the fall and winter. This year’s wintertime extent is the 10th-lowest in the satellite record maintained by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, one of NASA’s Distributed Active Archive Centers.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

Antarctic Berg Grounded for Decades

In the span of 20 years, Iceberg B-22A has strayed just 100 kilometers from its birthplace at Thwaites Glacier.

NASA is Helping Fly Drones in the Arctic. Here’s What That Means for Sea Ice and Sea Level Change.

A team led by NASA scientists is showing how a fixed-winged drone named Vanilla could fly for several days over the Arctic ocean carrying an instrument that uses radar to measure the depth of snow accumulating on top of sea ice.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

Rachel Tilling: Scuba Diving and Camping on Sea Ice

Rachel Tilling is a research scientist who works in the Cryospheric Sciences Lab and uses data from NASA’s ICESat-2 mission to study sea ice.

NASA Scientists Named AGU 2021 Union Honorees

Several individuals with NASA affiliations have been named 2021 Union honorees or fellows by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and will receive honors bestowed by AGU for their excellence in scientific research, education, communication, and outreach.

Windblown Beauty in the Weddell Sea

A dazzling array of sea ice types drifted in the waters off Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

Five Facts to Help You Understand Sea Ice

Here are five facts to help you better understand Arctic sea ice.

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change

New NASA research shows that by releasing heat and moisture through a large hole in sea ice known as a polynya, the exposed ocean fuels the formation of more clouds that trap heat in the atmosphere and hinder the refreezing of new sea ice.

NASA Finds 2021 Arctic Summer Sea Ice 12th-Lowest on Record

Sea ice in the Arctic appears to have hit its annual minimum extent on Sept. 16, after waning in the 2021 Northern Hemisphere spring and summer.

Ice Persists in the Northwest Passage

The decline of sea ice in the Arctic has made the passage increasingly viable for ships, but it’s still not always smooth sailing.

Rain and Warmth Trigger More Melting in Greenland

The island’s vast ice sheet underwent multiple bouts of widespread melting this summer, exacerbated in August 2021 by rain.

Christian Taubenberger – Intern to Published Scientist in Under a Year

PhD student Christian Taubenberger found his scientific niche and published a paper highlighting seasonal changes in glaciers while interning at NASA.

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