PARCA 2020, NESOSI, Operation IceBridge Science Team & ICESat-2 for Newcomers


Thursday, February 20, 2020:  08:30 am – 7:30 pm EST (GMT -5)
Friday, February 21, 2020: 08:30 am – 12:30 pm (OIB) / 5:00 pm (IS2) EST (GMT -5)

Registration PARCA abstract deadline was MONDAY, JANUARY 13 and is now closed. Email Joe MacGregor with any other questions.

  • Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA); lead: Joe MacGregor

PARCA 2020 will highlight recent NASA-sponsored and collaborative international studies on the state of – and interactions between – the Greenland Ice Sheet, other Arctic glaciers and ice caps, the overlying atmosphere, sea ice and the surrounding oceans. With the initial release of ICESat-2 data in 2019, we especially encourage syntheses of ice-elevation and mass change, studies of sub-annual changes in Arctic ice, and evaluations of numerical models using altimetry data and other remote-sensing observations.

This meeting is intended to show new results and discuss how we can best collaborate and improve our knowledge of the snowpack on top of sea ice throughout the annual cycle so that biases in the sea ice thickness products from ICESat-2 and CryoSat-2 can be reduced.

This will be the final meeting of the Operation IceBridge Science Team for the mission, as its polar campaigns have now concluded (Operation IceBridge Alaska will continue to fly in 2020). The meeting will not last more than half a day and will focus on close-out activities (reports to NASA, data delivery). The meeting will be open to all interested attendees.

The ICESat-2 for Newcomers Day will provide a chance for scientists unfamiliar with the mission an in-depth look into the ATLAS instrument and ICESat-2 data products available at NSIDC.  It will also include an opportunity for participants to download and experiment with ICESat-2 data with experts on-hand to provide assistance. Attendance is open to all.

PARCA abstracts

Abstracts will be brief (5-10 sentences) describing presentations for PARCA. To encourage discussion, oral presentations will be brief, consisting of both invited and selected talks. Under this format, we discourage mere resubmission of AGU abstracts and encourage newer work. There will also be a poster session toward the end of the day. Graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows are especially encouraged to apply. 

GSFC access for non-NASA employees


  • For U.S. citizens and permanent residents: Your registration via the Google Form is sufficient notice to GSFC prior to arrival for the meetings. This is one less step than in years past.
  • For Foreign Nationals who do are not permanent residents: After registration via the Google Form, you will be contacted by Stacy Milligan to submit additional documentation via a secure NASA system. This is a more secure system than in years past, but this additional step MUST be completed by Friday, January 17 to ensure access by the time of the meeting.


On the first morning of your arrival to GSFC, allow up to 30 minutes to obtain your visitor badge at the main gate. 

  • U.S. citizens: You will need TWO forms of identification (e.g., license AND passport).
  • U.S. permanent residents: You will need TWO forms of identification and your green card.
  • Foreign Nationals: You will need your passport and visa.

On Thursday, February 20, the PARCA and NESOSI meetings will both take place in the westernmost wing of the ground floor of Building 34. PARCA will be in room W150, and NESOSI will be in rooms W120A/B.

On Friday, February 21, the OIB Science Team meeting will take place on the ground floor of Building 33 in room H114. The ICESat-2 for Newcomers meeting will take place in the Barney & Bea Rec Center

The location of the Thursday evening get-together is the atrium of Building 34, just outside both the PARCA and NESOSI meeting spaces.


Remote Attendance

Additional logistics

  • All meetings begin at 8:30 am and will run the entire day, except the OIB Science Team meeting (morning only). Plan accordingly and don’t forget to allot time to pick up your badge on the first day.
  • To make the best use of the space available for poster presentations, please use a vertical format with dimensions no more than 36” wide or 60” tall.
  • Recommended oral presentation format is HD (16:9).
  • Similar to years past, a registration fee of $20 will be collected on-site.
  • REMOTE ATTENDEES to PARCA, NESOSI or OIB-ST: You don’t need to register to attend remotely. For PARCA, we will be using NASA UStream and another online service to permit questions from remote attendees. The videos will also be archived for later viewing. For NESOSI and OIB-ST, we’ll be using WebEx.



  • Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)Easiest access to GSFC by car.
  • Reagan National (DCA): Easiest access to GSFC by public transit.
  • Dulles International (IAD): Farthest from GSFC.