January – February 2013

HISTORY OF WINTER WORKSHOP IN LAKE PLACID

HOW Participants

Thirteen middle school, high school and college teachers, education students, museum educators and state park environmental education specialists from four states, plus a hydrology student from the Czech Republic, participated in this year’s edition of History of Winter at Northwood School, Lake Placid, New York. Divided in three teams led by ice scientists from NASA Goddard and from the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab in Hanover, New Hampshire, the winter camp participants learned about research tools and techniques polar scientists use in field studies of snow and ice. Lab chief Thorsten Markus and lab member Lora Koenig gave lectures on the study of sea ice and the ice sheets and on the upcoming ICESat-2 mission.

Applications for the 2014 workshop will open this summer at: how.gsfc.nasa.gov

2013 PARCA AND ICEBRIDGE WORKSHOPS

OIB PARCA Workshop

The cryospheric sciences laboratory hosted the Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) meeting and the IceBridge Science Team Meeting on January 29-31, 2013. This year’s PARCA meeting emphasized the integration of multiple data types for a broader understanding of the changes across the Arctic, ongoing progress in characterizing the processes that are driving the observations and the impact of particular data (or lack of thereof) on numerical models. The IceBridge science team, a group of polar scientists from a variety of institutions that guides the mission toward meeting its science requirements, discussed research and plans for the upcoming IceBridge 2013 Arctic campaign, including flight lines, and future collaborations with various other groups outside of NASA.