Research Highlights

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    NPEO fieldwork now underway

    Follow along as our scientists travel to the North Pole to deploy data gathering equipment to help track and understand ongoing changes in the Arctic environment. Now in it’s 15th year of continuous research at the North Pole!

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  • In this Landsat image from 30 July 2014 (dimensions 10 km x 10 km), three undrained lakes sit on top of the ice sheet in western Greenland.

    Status update on the future of Greenland lakes

    PSC research analyzes the future of supraglacial lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet and how they will, or will not, contribute to global sea level over the coming decades.

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  • Polar scientist Bonnie Light looks on as visitors learn about albedo (reflectivity) through a hands-on activity. Image courtesy of Kim Reading, APL-UW.

    Polar Science Weekend 2015

    Polar Science Weekend took place February 27 – March 1, 2015 at The Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Follow the link to learn more about the event.

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  • Rigor at equipment test site

    Sensor-Rich Buoys in the Arctic Ocean

    When doing research in the Arctic the elements are big challenge not just for the humans working there but also for the instruments used to collect data. Ignatius Rigor has set up a testing site outside of Barrow, Alaska to monitor an array of instruments and test their reliability and accuracy. Watch the video to learn more about the project.

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    A New Unified Sea Ice Thickness Climate Data Record

    This new data set is a concerted effort to collect as many observations of sea ice thickness as possible in one place with consistent formats and with clear and abundant documentation. It will allow the community to better utilize what is now a considerable body of observations from moorings, submarines, aircraft, and satellites.

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    Arctic Sea Ice Volume Anomaly

    The Arctic Sea Ice Volume Anomaly time series is calculated using the Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System (PIOMAS) developed at APL/PSC.  Updates will be generated at approximately monthly intervals.

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The Polar Science Center is a group of dedicated investigators conducting interdisciplinary research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system. Learn more »