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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.

To Celebrate Women’s History Month, NCCS Spotlights the Career of Dr. Chelsea Parker from NASA’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory

To honor and celebrate Women's History Month, this story focuses on the unique journey of one of NASA Goddard’s most versatile, adventurous, high-energy, and hard-working research scientists, Dr. Chelsea Parker — in her own words. Parker uses NCCS high-performance computing resources to study the atmosphere and ice in polar regions.

Great Lakes Low on Ice

This winter, ice cover in the basin has hovered at unusually low levels.

NASA Spinoffs Bolster Climate Resilience, Improve Medical Care, More

The latest edition of NASA’s Spinoff publication features dozens of new commercialized technologies that use the agency’s technology, research, and/or expertise to benefit people around the globe. It also includes a section highlighting technologies of tomorrow.

Antarctic Iceberg on the Move

After breaking from the Brunt Ice Shelf, Iceberg A-81 and other pieces of ice drift south with the Weddell Gyre.

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.

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