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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Scientist Specialties Projects

Richard Armstrong

Senior Research Scientist
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.

Roger G. Barry

Professor Emeritus of Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
CIRES Fellow Emeritus

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

Research Scientist II

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

Shari Fox Gearheard

Research Scientist III

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

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa

Research Scientist III

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

Allen Pope

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Peter Pulsifer

Research Scientist I

Establishment of data management and sharing protocols; understanding terminology related to traditional and community-based knowledge; and the development of web-based mapping and visualization applications

Ted Scambos

Senior Research Scientist
Lead Scientist for NSIDC Science Team

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

Kevin Schaefer

Research Scientist III

Permafrost carbon feedback, modeling of the terrestrial biosphere, biogeochemistry, remote sensing of active layer thickness

Andrew Slater

Research Scientist III

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

Colleen Strawhacker

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Senior Research Scientist

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

Tingjun Zhang

Senior Research Scientist
Director (adjunct), Institute of Plateau Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration
CIRES Fellow

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