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Scientists at NSIDC

Walt Meier

Research Scientist II

PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998

Specialties [top]

Remote sensing of sea ice; impact of sea ice on climate; operational sea ice analysis; assimilation of sea ice data into models

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Expeditions [top]

Current Research [top]

Current Projects [top]

Bridging Perspectives from Remote Sensing and Inuit Communities on Changing Sea Ice Cover in the Baffin Bay Region

Kalman Filter Techniques for the Assimilation of Ice Concentration Data into an Ice Prediction Model

Potential Improved Sea Ice Analyses and Forecasts via Assimilation of Sea Ice Motions

A Product Development Team for Snow and Ice Climate Data Records

Activities [top]

Member, American Geophysical Union

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Member, Alliance for Marine Remote Sensing

Peer reviewer for the Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans), Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Continental Shelf Research, Atmosphere-Ocean, Remote Sensing of the Environment, and Geophysical Research Letters.

Publications [top]


Stroeve, J. C., V. Kattsov, A. Barrett, M. Serreze, T. Pavlova, M. Holland, and W. N. Meier. 2012. Trends in Arctic sea ice extent from CMIP5, CMIP3 and observations. Geophysical Research Letters 39, L16502, doi:10.1029/2012GL052676.

Stroeve, J. C., and W. Meier. 2012. Arctic Sea Ice Decline. In Greenhouse Gases - Emission, Measurement and Management, ed. G. Liu, 441-462. New York: InTech, doi:10.5772/1797.


Meier, W.N., S. Gerland, M. Granskog, J. Key, and K. Holmen. 2011. Sea Ice. In Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic Assessment Report. Tromso, Norway: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

Meier, W. N., and C. Haas. 2011. Changes in the physical state of sea ice. In Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic Assessment Report. Tromso, Norway: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

Meier, W. N., S. J. S. Khalsa, and M. H. Savoie. 2011. Intersensor calibration between F-13 SSM/I and F-17 SSMIS Near-real-time estimates. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 49(9): 3,343-3,349, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2011.2117433.

Olsen, M. S., T. V. Callaghan, J. D. Reist, L. O. Reiersen, D. Dahl-Jensen, M. A. Granskog, B. Goodison, G. K. Hovelsrud, M. Johansson, R. Kallenborn, J. Key, A. Klepikov, W. Meier, J. E. Overland, T. D. Prowse, M. Sharp, W. F. Vincent, and J. Walsh. 2011. The Changing Arctic Cryosphere and Likely Consequences: An Overview. Ambio 40(1): 111-118, doi:10.1007/s13280-011-0220-y.

Perovich, D., H. Eicken, and W. Meier. 2011. International coordination to improve observing, understanding, and predicting changes in the Arctic sea ice cover. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 93(12): 128, doi:10.1029/2012EO120008.

Stroeve, J. C., J. Maslanik, M. C. Serreze, I. Rigor, W. Meier and C. Fowler. 2011. Sea ice response to an extreme negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation during winter 2009/2010. Geophysical Research Letters (38), L02502, doi:10.1029/2010GL045662.


Casey, K.S., and others, W.N. Meier, and others. 2010. Satellite contributions to the ocean observing system for climate, 2009-2010. In NOAA Ocean Climate Observation Program Annual Report.

Kattsov, V. M. , V. E. Ryabinin, J. E. Overland, M. C. Serreze, M. Visbeck, J. E. Walsh, W. Meier, and X. D. Zhang. 2010. Arctic sea-ice change: a grand challenge of climate science. Journal of Glaciology 56(200): 1,115-1,121. doi:10.3189/002214311796406176.

Meier, W. N. 2010. Climate Science: Disappearing ice and the scientific process.

Meier, W., and D. Notz. 2010. A note on the accuracy and reliability of satellite-derived passive microwave estimates of sea-ice extent. WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Sea Ice Working Group Consensus Document.

Meier, W., M. J. Brodzik, Khalsa, S. J. S. 2010. Intercalibration of near-real-time snow and sea ice products from passive microwave data. Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad), 2010 11th Specialist Meeting 104-109, doi:10.1109/MICRORAD.2010.5559581.

Perovich, D., R. Kwok, W. Meier, S. Nghiem, and J. Richter-Menge. 2010. The Arctic: Sea Ice Cover, in State of the Climate 2009. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Supplement 91(7): S107-S124.


Casey, K., W.N. Meier, and others. 2009. Satellite contributions to the ocean observing system for climate, 2008-2009. NOAA Annual Report on the State of the Ocean and the Ocean Observing System for Climate.

Perovich, D., R. Kwok, W. Meier, S. Nghiem, and J. Richter-Menge. 2009. Sea ice cover. NOAA Arctic Report Card: Update for 2009.

Pfirman, S., H. Eicken, T. Markus, W. Meier, and N. Untersteiner. 2009. Scientific value of the Arctic sea ice imagery derived products. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

Swetnam, M. S., D. K. McBride, R. R. Colwell, T. Swetnam, W. Abdalati, W. Meier, J. Gannon, and T. Sample. 2009. Global climate change and national security: The science and the impact. Technology 11(3): 78-118.


Meier, W. N., and J. Stroeve. 2008. Comparison of sea ice extent and ice edge location estimates from passive microwave and enhanced-resolution scatterometer data. Annals of Glaciology 48(1): 65-70, doi:10.3189/172756408784700743.

Meier, W. N., and J. Stroeve. 2008. Sea Ice. In Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, ed. S. G. Philander. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

Stroeve, J., M. Serreze, S. Drobot, S. Gearheard, M. Holland, J. Maslanik, W. Meier, and T. Scambos. 2008. Arctic sea ice plummets in 2007. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 89(2): 13-14, doi:10.1029/2008EO020001.


Meier, W. N., et al. 2007. Chapter 4: Sea ice. In Integrated Global Observing Strategy Cryosphere Theme Report - For the Monitoring of our Environment from Space and from Earth. WMO/TD-No. 1405. Geneva: World Meteorological Organization.

Meier, W. N., J. Stroeve, and F. Fetterer. 2007. Whither Arctic sea ice? A clear signal of decline regionally, seasonally, and extending beyond the satellite record. Annals of Glaciology 46: 428-434, doi:10.3189/172756407782871170.

Stroeve, J., M. M. Holland, W. Meier, T. Scambos, and M. Serreze. 2007. Arctic sea ice decline: Faster than forecast. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L09501, doi:10.1029/2007GL029703.


Dai, M., T. E. Arbetter, and W. N. Meier. 2006. Data assimilation of sea-ice motion vectors: sensitivity to the parameterization of sea-ice strength. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 357-360, doi:10.3189/172756406781811187.

Meier, W. N., and M. Dai. 2006. High-resolution sea-ice motions from AMSR-E imagery. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 352-356, doi:10.3189/172756406781811286.

Meier, W. N., J. Stroeve, and S. Gearheard. 2006. Bridging perspectives from remote sensing and Inuit communities on changing sea ice cover in the Baffin Bay region. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 433-438, doi:10.3189/172756406781811790.

Stroeve, J., T. Markus, W. N. Meier, and J. Miller. 2006. Recent changes in the Arctic melt season. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 367-374, doi:10.3189/172756406781811583.


Meier, W. M. 2005. Comparison of passive microwave ice concentration algorithm retrievals with AVHRR imagery in Arctic peripheral seas. IEEE Transactions in Geoscience and Remote Sensing 43(6): 1324-1337, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2005.846151.

Meier, W., J. Stroeve, F. Fetterer, K. Knowles. 2005. Reductions in Arctic sea ice cover no longer limited to summer. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 86(36): 326, doi:10.1029/2005EO360003.

Stroeve, J. C., M. C. Serreze, F. Fetterer, T. Arbetter, W. N. Meier, J. Maslanik, and K. Knowles. 2005. Tracking the Arctic's shrinking ice cover: Another extreme minimum in 2004. Geophysical Research Letters 32, doi: 10.1029/2004GL021810.


Meier, W. N., M. Marquis, M. Kaminski, and R. Weaver. 2004. NASA EOS sensors demonstrate potential for multiparameter studies of Arctic sea ice. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 85(46): 481, 488-489, doi:10.1029/2004EO460002.

Van Woert, M. L., C. Z. Zou, W. N. Meier, and P. D. Hovey. 2004. Verification of the "Polar Ice Prediction System" sea ice concentration fields. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 21(6): 944-957.


Arbetter, T. E., A. H. Lynch, J. A. Maslanik, and W. N. Meier. 2003. Effects of data assimilation of ice motion in a basin-scale sea ice model. In Ice in the environment: Proceedings of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research, vol. 3, 186-193.

Meier, W. N., T. Maksym, and M. Van Woert. 2003. Evaluation of operational microwave products: A case-study in the Barents Sea during October 2001. In Ice in the environment: Proceedings of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research, vol. 3, 213-222.

Meier, W. N., and J. A. Maslanik. 2003. Effect of environmental conditions on observed, modeled, and assimilated sea ice motion errors. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(C5), doi:10.1029/2002JC001333.


Van Woert M., C. Z. Zou, W. N. Meier, P. Hovey, and M. Chase. 2002. 24-hour forecast validation of the Polar Ice Prediction System. In Ice in the environment: Proceedings of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research, vol. 2, 445-452.

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