Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Melinda Anne Webster

(Science Collaborator)

Org Code: 615

Mail Code: 615
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Dr. Melinda Webster joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in January 2017 as a Research Physical Scientist. Prior to joining the lab, Dr. Webster received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington, all with a theme on Arctic sea ice. Her work has covered a breadth of sea ice topics including small-scale processes such as melt pond evolution, to large-scale trends such as snow on Arctic sea ice. In her current role, Dr. Webster is investigating the geophysical properties, processes, and trends of sea ice through the synthesis of remote sensing, in situ, and model data.


Research Physical Scientist

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

January 2017 - Present

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

Universities Space Research Association - Goddard Space Flight Center

September 2016 - January 2017

Research Scientist/Engineer

University of Washington - Polar Science Center

June 2016 - August 2016

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Washington - School of Oceanography & Polar Science Center

September 2010 - June 2016

Research Scientist

University of Washington - Polar Science Center

March 2009 - September 2010


University of Washington, School of Oceanography
June 2016: PhD, Oceanography. 
June 2013: MSc, Oceanography.
June 2010: BSc, Oceanography; Minor, Applied Mathematics.

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

2009 - Present

American Association for the Advancement of Science

2017 - Present

Professional Service

GSFC Science Director's Committee, 2017 - Present


- NASA postdoctoral program fellowship, Goddard Space Flight Center, 2016 - 2017.
- Science communication fellow, Pacific Science Center, 2011 - 2013.
- NASA's Group Achievement Award to NASA’s ICESCAPE Team, 2011.
- Best poster award, Graduate Professional Student Senate’s Science & Policy Summit, 2011.
- Applied Physics Laboratory - University of Washington fellowship, 2010 - 2011.
- Egtvedt endowed scholarship, Fisheries and Oceanography, 2009 - 2010.


Assessing and improving the seasonal capability of ICESat-2 data for sea ice research

NNH17ZDA001N-NIP: New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science - NASA - Awarded: 2018-03-05

Dates: 2018-10-01  - 2021-09-30

Refinement and Enhancement of the Terra and Aqua MODIS and Suomi NPP VIIRS Cryosphere Algorithms and Data Products

NNH17ZDA001N-TASNPP: The Science of TERRA, AQUA, and SUOMI NPP - NASA - Awarded: 2018-01-16

Dates: 2018-10-01  - 2021-09-30

Special Experience

- Upcoming: The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC): June 2020 - August 2020: Central Arctic Ocean. 
Sea Ice Summer Camp May - June 2016: Barrow, Alaska.
- Snow on Sea Ice Workshop April 2015: Barrow, Alaska.
- Field Techniques in Interdisciplinary Sea-ice Research Field Course May - June 2013: Barrow, Alaska.
- NASA’s BRomine Ozone and Mercury EXperiment (BROMEX) March - April 2012: Barrow, Alaska.
- NASA’s Impacts of Climate on the Eco-Systems & Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment (ICESCAPE) campaign June - July 2011: USCGC Healy 1101, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.
- Beaufort Sea Moorings September 2010: USCGC Healy 1003, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.
- International Polar Year Field School June 2009: Svalbard, Norway.



Nicolaus, M., D. K. Perovich, G. Spreen, et al. M. A. Granskog, L. von Albedyll, M. Angelopoulos, P. Anhaus, S. Arndt, H. J. Belter, V. Bessonov, G. Birnbaum, J. Brauchle, R. Calmer, E. Cardellach, B. Cheng, D. Clemens-Sewall, R. Dadic, E. Damm, G. de Boer, O. Demir, K. Dethloff, D. V. Divine, A. A. Fong, S. Fons, M. M. Frey, N. Fuchs, C. Gabarró, S. Gerland, H. F. Goessling, R. Gradinger, J. Haapala, C. Haas, J. Hamilton, H.-R. Hannula, S. Hendricks, A. Herber, C. Heuzé, M. Hoppmann, K. V. Høyland, M. Huntemann, J. K. Hutchings, B. Hwang, P. Itkin, H.-W. Jacobi, M. Jaggi, A. Jutila, L. Kaleschke, C. Katlein, N. Kolabutin, D. Krampe, S. S. Kristensen, T. Krumpen, N. Kurtz, A. Lampert, B. A. Lange, R. Lei, B. Light, F. Linhardt, G. E. Liston, B. Loose, A. R. Macfarlane, M. Mahmud, I. O. Matero, S. Maus, A. Morgenstern, R. Naderpour, V. Nandan, A. Niubom, M. Oggier, N. Oppelt, F. Pätzold, C. Perron, T. Petrovsky, R. Pirazzini, C. Polashenski, B. Rabe, I. A. Raphael, J. Regnery, M. Rex, R. Ricker, K. Riemann-Campe, A. Rinke, J. Rohde, E. Salganik, R. K. Scharien, M. Schiller, M. Schneebeli, M. Semmling, E. Shimanchuk, M. D. Shupe, M. M. Smith, V. Smolyanitsky, V. Sokolov, T. Stanton, J. Stroeve, L. Thielke, A. Timofeeva, R. T. Tonboe, A. Tavri, M. Tsamados, D. N. Wagner, D. Watkins, M. Webster, and M. Wendisch. 2022. Overview of the MOSAiC expedition: Snow and sea ice Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 10 (1): [10.1525/elementa.2021.000046]

Webster, M. A., S. Gerland, M. Holland, et al. E. Hunke, R. Kwok, O. Lecomte, R. Massom, D. Perovich, and M. Sturm. 2018. Snow in the changing sea-ice systems Nature Climate Change [10.1038/s41558-018-0286-7]

Zhang, J., A. Schweiger, M. Webster, et al. B. Light, M. Steele, C. Ashjian, R. Campbell, and Y. Spitz. 2018. Melt pond conditions on declining Arctic sea ice over 1979-2016: Model development, validation, and results Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans [10.1029/2018jc014298]

Boisvert, L., M. A. Webster, A. A. Petty, et al. T. Markus, D. Bromwich, and R. I. Cullather. 2018. Intercomparison of precipitation estimates over the Arctic Ocean and its peripheral seas from reanalyses Journal of Climate

Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., M. A. Webster, S. L. Farrell, and C. M. Bitz. 2018. Reconstruction of Snow on Arctic Sea Ice Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123 (5): 3588-3602 [10.1002/2017jc013364]

Kwok, R., N. T. Kurtz, L. Brucker, et al. A. Ivanoff, T. Newman, S. L. Farrell, J. King, S. Howell, M. A. Webster, J. Paden, C. Leuschen, J. A. Macgregor, J. Richter-Menge, J. Harbeck, and M. Tschudi. 2017. Inter-comparison of snow depth retrievals over Arctic sea ice fromradar data acquired by Operation IceBridge The Cryosphere 2571-2593 [10.5194/tc-2017-103]

Light, B., D. K. Perovich, M. A. Webster, C. Polashenski, and R. Dadic. 2015. Optical properties of melting first-year Arctic sea ice Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 120 (11): 7657-7675 [10.1002/2015jc011163]

Webster, M. A., I. G. Rigor, D. K. Perovich, et al. J. A. Richter-Menge, C. M. Polashenski, and B. Light. 2015. Seasonal evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 120 (9): 5968-5982 [10.1002/2015jc011030]

Polashenski, C., D. K. Perovich, K. E. Frey, et al. L. W. Cooper, C. I. Logvinova, R. Dadic, B. Light, H. P. Kelly, L. D. Trusel, and M. Webster. 2015. Physical and morphological properties of sea ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas during the 2010 and 2011 NASA ICESCAPE missions Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 118 7-17 [10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.04.006]

Webster, M. A., I. G. Rigor, S. V. Nghiem, et al. N. T. Kurtz, S. L. Farrell, D. K. Perovich, and M. Sturm. 2014. Interdecadal changes in snow depth on Arctic sea ice J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 119 (8): 5395–5406 [10.1002/2014JC009985]