May-July 2012

Markus Gives Beautiful Earth Talk

Thorsten Markus gave a presentation at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on July 17. Markus’s talk was part of the Beautiful Earth project , a combination of a live multi-media presentation featuring NASA imagery of Earth from space, a science presentation to explain the science behind those images, and hands-on education workshops with NASA Earth scientists and Native American science educators to inspire and engage youth to pursue Earth science and other science, technology, engineering and math careers.

“The innovative aspect of this project is that it combines three different and fundamental ways to raise interest and convey knowledge: it's emotional, intellectual, and hands-on,” Markus said.

The Summer Interns Are Here!

Julia Ruth is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying physics with a focus in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. She is working with Lora Koenig to measure snow accumulation rates in West Antarctica. Specifically, she is programming in MATLAB to analyze radar data to identify layers in the ice.

Michael Austerberry is an undergrad student at Creighton University, focusing on cryospheric sciences. He’s working with Sophie Nowicki on modeling the Greenland ice sheet, aiming to find optimum resolution to run global climate models and ice surface models so that one can feed into the other in a two-way coupling system.

Jose Velez, a graduate student working towards a Ph.D. in geophysics at University of Kansas, is working with Lora Koenig in determining ice properties using remote sensing methods.

Sara Hamilton recently graduated from high school and will be attending Bowdoin College this fall, to focus on cryospheric sciences. She’s working with Lora Koenig to study the behavior of supraglacial lakes on the Greenland ice sheet, a poorly understood component of the hydrologic cycle of ice sheets, and using satellite data to look at where, when and how they form.

Visiting Scholar

Austin Nossokoff is a visiting scholar to the cryospheric sciences lab this summer. He’s in his first year of graduate school as a civil engineer at from the University of Colorado. At the lab, he’s using experimental data to improve models of ice-sheet ablation zones, researching the small-scale physics and thermodynamics of ice-water interaction due to the flow of meltwater through conduits in the ice.

The Cryospheric Sciences Lab and IceBridge Participate at Science Jamboree

Members of the cryospheric sciences lab and of Operation IceBridge participated on June 5 in the 2012 Science Jamboree, an annual event that gives Goddard scientists and engineers a chance to share their research with other members of the Goddard community.

Scientists from the lab brought hands-on activities to demonstrate how temperature affects the speed of glaciers and how glaciologists use ice cores to study past climates.

In an adjacent table, members of two instrument teams of Operation IceBridge ran display tables with posters, photos and videos alongside a general IceBridge information display.