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Snow is vital for Earth’s ecosystems and humans. It regulates temperature by reflecting sunlight and acts as insulation. When it melts in the springtime, it produces life-giving water.

Goddard Space Flight Center airborne campaigns are highlighted in a recent Capital Weather Gang article in The Washington Post. The article describes the novel coronavirus's impact on scientific research and field campaigns.

Slight recoveries in the extent of sea ice at both poles were not enough to return to long-term normal levels.

Central to the entire MOSAiC Expedition is the MOSAiC Floe: a large sheet of sea ice that was carefully selected as the ideal place to anchor Polarstern for an entire year.

Steven Fons writes the MOSAiC Leg 3 team is officially on board the Polarstern, and science activities have quickly begun.

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) will host the Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) and NASA-ESA Snow On Sea Ice (NESOSI) meetings on Thursday, February 20, 2020. These meetings will be held in conjunction with the Operation IceBridge Science Team and ICESat-2 for Newcomers meetings, which will take place on February 21, 2020.

In spring of 2019, Earth to Sky's co-lead Anita Davis received an inquiry from Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) rangers for new information about the changing glaciers in the park. Anita contacted Dr. Christopher Shuman (UMBC JCET), a scientist working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Lab for any updates that might be provided. In turn, Dr Shuman undertook development of a 1972-2018 Landsat imagery time series depicting changes to glaciers in the park.

Ice fronts have retreated, rocky peaks are more exposed, fewer icebergs drift to the ocean: the branching network of glaciers that empty into Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord has changed significantly in the last half century. Comparing Landsat images from 1972 and 2019, those changes and more come into view.

Parkinson Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences