October – November 2012

Cryospheric Sciences Lab To Support “History of Winter”

History of Winter

NASA Goddard’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory is now the main sponsor of “History of Winter”, a successful NASA education program that has been giving teachers the opportunity to experience cryospheric science field research firsthand for over a decade. The participating educators attend a week-long workshop in Lake Placid, NY that focuses on field experiments and data collection frequently used for ground validation of NASA satellites.

“This is a well established program and I am hoping that it will become an integral part of NASA’s cryosphere education efforts”, said Thorsten Markus, chief of the cryospheric sciences lab.

> Learn more about History of Winter on its YouTube channel

NASA TV Takes a Look At The Poles

Science Uncut

Thorsten Markus and Lora Koenig participated in the inaugural episode of Science Uncut, a new NASA TV program. Along with NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, they discussed recent changes in Earth’s poles. The conversation, led by NASA Cryospheric Science Program Manager Tom Wagner, also covered the researchers’ fieldwork in Greenland and Antarctica, their career paths, and their early motivations to study polar sciences. The episode, titled “Arctic on the edge?”, will be aired on NASA TV in December.

> Watch Science Uncut: Arctic on the Edge?

Operation IceBridge Completes Fourth Antarctic Campaign

Operation IceBridge

Operation IceBridge concluded its fourth Antarctic campaign on Nov. 8. Over five weeks, IceBridge researchers gathered information on land and sea ice during its 16 flights over Antarctica. During this year's Antarctic campaign, IceBridge scientists added on to existing sea ice elevation data, surveyed new areas of the Antarctic ice sheet and reached out to students, teachers and the public.

> Visit Operation IceBridge’s blog (also available in Spanish!) to learn more about the 2012 Antarctic campaign.