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Scientists at NSIDC

Scientists from around the world use data housed at NSIDC to support their research. Some of these scientists work here at NSIDC, providing both context and input concerning our data management activities. Through their research, our scientists help further understanding of the many changes that our planet is undergoing.

NSIDC scientists are widely published in such journals as Geophysical Research Letters; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Climate; Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research; EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union ; and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Our scientists’ expertise has reached a wide audience through Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), just to name a few.

Scientists pursue their work as part of the CIRES Cryospheric and Polar Process Division, University of Colorado, Boulder. National agencies fund research through the peer review proposal process.

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Mark Serreze

NSIDC Director, CIRES Fellow

Arctic climate; global implications; climate warming in the Arctic

Collaborative Research: Assessing the Impact of Arctic Sea Ice Variability on the Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass and Energy Balance

Collaborative Research: Integrated Arctic Data Management Services to Support Arctic Research (ACADIS)

Reducing Uncertainty in 21st Century Projections of Arctic Sea Ice Loss and Associated Impacts

Richard Armstrong [top]

CIRES Fellow

Remote sensing of snow, ice, and frozen ground; physical and mechanical properties of snow; snow cover and glacier mass/extent as indicators of climate change

Detecting Change in Glacier Systems (GLIMS)

Establishing a Collaborative Effort to Assess the Role of Glaciers and Seasonal Snow Cover: Hydrology of the Mountains of High Asia (CHARIS)

Roger Barry [top]

CIRES Fellow Emeritus,
CU Professor Emeritus
, CU Department of Geography

Arctic climate; cryosphere-climate interactions; mountain climate; climate change

Short term contract as director of the International Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Project Office at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, United Kingdom

Jeffrey Deems [top]

Snow properties; snow hydrology; snow depth mapping; climate change impacts on snow and water resources; LIDAR remote sensing; avalanche formation; hydrologic modeling

Integrated Hydrologic Response to Extreme Deposition of the Snow Cover of the Colorado River Basin

Operation IceBridge

Shari Fox Gearheard [top]

Arctic environment and change; Inuit knowledge; sea ice; knowledge co-production; environmental geography

Collaborative Research: Water, Energy, and Food Security in the North: Synergies, Tradeoffs, and Building Community Capacity for Sustainable Futures (Sustainable Futures North)

The Dynamics of Human-Sea Ice Relationships: Comparing Changing Environments in Alaska, Nunavut, and Greenland (also referred to as the "Siku-Inuit-Hila" project)

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA)

Igliniit Project

Inuit Women and Subsistence: Social and Environmental Change

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa [top]

Remote sensing and geographic information systems; client interface and metadata; data tool development; algorithm support

Data Conservancy

Detecting Change in Glacier Systems (GLIMS)

EarthCube Building Blocks: A Broker Framework for Next Generation Geoscience (BCube)

Science Data Systems for Satellite and Airborn Lidar Data

Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative

Allen Pope [top]

Remote sensing of the cryosphere; glaciology; Landsat 8; LiDAR and elevation change


Peter Pulsifer [top]

Data management; traditional and community-based knowledge; web-based mapping and visualization applications

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA)

Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy Project (ISIUOP)

Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative

Ted Scambos

Lead Scientist

Glaciology; remote sensing of the poles; climate change effects on the cryosphere; Antarctic history; geochemistry; planetary science

Abrupt Environmental Change in the Larsen Ice Shelf System

The Antarctic Glaciological Data Center: Continued Data Collection, Archiving, and Distribution of Results of NSF-OPP Funded Research in Antarctic Glaciology

Antarctic Subglacial Lakes: Satellite Analysis in Support of ICESat-1 and CryoSat-2 Altimetry

Cryospheric Application of the LandSAT Data Continuity Mission (LandSAT 8)

Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs): Antarctic and Greenland Ice Velocity

Multi-instrument Assessment of Ice Sheet Contributions to Sea Level

Surface Mass Balance and Wind Glaze Mapping in Antarctica

Kevin Schaefer [top]

Remotely-sensed snow cover; vegetation phenology; soil freeze/thaw dynamics

Exploring the Dynamics of the Active Layer and Near-Surface Permafrost across the North Slope of Alaska

Exploring the Dynamics of High Latitude Carbon Balance

The North American Carbon Program Multi-Scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Intercomparison Project

Quantifying Uncertainty in the Permafrost Carbon Feedback

Andrew Slater [top]

Land-surface and hydrologic modeling of snow, frozen ground, and permafrost; hydrologic forecasting and data assimilation of snow

Collaborative Research: The Climatic Role of Permafrost - As Permafrost Thaws, Could a Weakened Terrestrial Freezer and in Increasingly Leaky Bathplug Amplify Arctic Climate Change

Collaborative Research: Type-1—Improved Cold Region Hydrology Process Representation as a Cornerstone of Arctic Biogeochemical Modeling

Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change Over the Contiguous United states

NOAA/CPO/MAPP: Extension of the NWS Community Hydrologic Prediction System to Improve Seasonal Drought Prediction in the Western U.S.A.

Colleen Strawhacker [top]

Social sciences data management; anthropology; environmental science; human and environmental interactions

North Atlantic Biocultural Organization Cyberinfrastructure Project

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Management for the Arctic Social Sciences

Julienne Stroeve [top]

Remote sensing of snow and ice in the visible, infrared, and microwave wavelengths

Collaborative Research: Assessing the Impact of Arctic Sea Ice Variability on the Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass and Energy Balance

Evaluation of Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice

An Innovative Network to Improve Sea Ice Prediction in a Changing Arctic

Tingjun Zhang [top]

CIRES Fellow

Permafrost and seasonally frozen ground; remote sensing of near-surface soil freeze/thaw cycle; snow cover and soil thermal dynamics

Exploring the Dynamics of the Active Layer and Near-Surface Permafrost across the North Slope of Alaska

Exploring the Dynamics of the Active Layer and Near-Surface Permafrost across the North Slope of Alaska

Exploring the Dynamics of High Latitude Carbon Balance

Quantifying Uncertainty in the Permafrost Carbon Feedback

Remotely-Sensed Active Layer Thickness (ReSALT) Product Derived from InSAR Data over North American Arctic Region


See Also

Research Projects at NSIDC

NSIDC Scientists in the Field

Related Resources

Spheres: Snow and Ice Issue 2011


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