Melinda Anne Webster

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Melinda Anne Webster

  • Science Collaborator
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 615
  • Employer: UNIV OF WASHINGTON
  • 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.

    Positions/Employment

    1/2017 - Present

    Research Physical Scientist

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    9/2016 - 1/2017

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

    Universities Space Research Association, Goddard Space Flight Center
    6/2016 - 8/2016

    Research Scientist/Engineer

    University of Washington, Polar Science Center
    9/2010 - 6/2016

    Graduate Research Assistant

    University of Washington, School of Oceanography & Polar Science Center
    3/2009 - 9/2010

    Research Scientist

    University of Washington, Polar Science Center

    Education

    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

    Awards

    - 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.
     

    Grants

    10/01/2018 - 09/30/2021 NNH17ZDA001N-NIP: New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science, NASA

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

    ; Principal Investigator
    10/01/2018 - 09/30/2021 NNH17ZDA001N-TASNPP: The Science of TERRA, AQUA, and SUOMI NPP, NASA

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

    ; Co-Investigator

    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.

    Publications

    Refereed

    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]

    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.

    Publications

    Refereed

    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]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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