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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.

Earth's Expanding Oceans

NASA's "Curious Universe" podcast discussed climate-induced sea level rise with Gavin Schmidt and Craig Rye of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Brooke Medley of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory.

NASA Space Lasers Map Meltwater Lakes in Antarctica With Striking Precision

With the most advanced Earth-observing laser instrument NASA has ever flown in space, scientists have improved their maps of hidden lake systems under the West Antarctic ice sheet.

Study Projects a Surge in Coastal Flooding, Starting in 2030s

In the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Sizing Up a Tabular Iceberg

The topography of Antarctic Iceberg A-76 provides insight into the strange properties of ice.

Sizing Up Remote Lakes

Researchers are using ICESat-2 elevation data to create bathymetry maps of shallow lakes in the remote desert.

Tracking an Antarctic Iceberg’s Epic Journey

The long voyage of one of the planet’s largest bergs—A-68A—has come to an end.

Earth's cryosphere is vital for everyone. Here's how NASA keeps track of its changes.

Everything on our planet — the land, the water, the air, people — is connected by the various chemical, physical and biological processes that make up what we call the Earth system.

Sea Ice Highs and Lows

There were no records set in 2020-21, but the downward trends in polar ice continue.

NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24

NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24 You’re invited to NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event, held April 21-24. Registration is FREE and open to the public!

What a Glacial River Reveals About the Greenland Ice Sheet

With data from a 2016 expedition, scientists supported by NASA are shedding more light into the complex processes under the Greenland Ice Sheet that control how fast its glaciers slide toward the ocean and contribute to sea level rise.

Dry Ice: How Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice is Drying the Atmosphere Over the Southern Ocean

Evaporation plays an important role in the global water and energy cycles and therefore in climate change. AIRS data were used in a study to help quantify evaporation over the Southern Ocean, where the Antarctic sea ice coverage has a large annual cycle.

NASA Finds 2021 Arctic Winter Sea Ice Tied for 7th-Lowest on Record

Sea ice in the Arctic appears to have hit its annual maximum extent after growing through the fall and winter. This year's maximum extent peaked at 5.70 million square miles, making it the seventh-smallest on record and tied with 2007.

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