Research Projects at NSIDC

NSIDC scientists are known internationally for their expertise in a range of fields related to the cryosphere. In-house scientists investigate the dynamics of Antarctic ice shelves, monitor the links between Arctic sea ice and climate, study new techniques for the remote sensing of snow and freeze/thaw cycles of soil, account for snow in hydrologic modeling, research large-scale shifts in polar climate, investigate seasonally and permanently frozen ground, and work to improve understanding of river and lake ice. Browse the table below to view project summaries.

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

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ARCTIC PEOPLES [top]

Principal Investigator

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

Shari Fox Gearheard

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

Shari Fox Gearheard

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic

Peter Pulsifer

Igliniit Project

Shari Fox Gearheard

Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy Project (ISIUOP)

Peter Pulsifer

Inuit Women and Subsistence: Social and Environmental Change

Shari Fox Gearheard

ARCTIC HYDROLOGY & CLIMATE [top]

Principal Investigator

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

Julienne Stroeve

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

Andrew Slater

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

Julienne Stroeve

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

Ted Scambos

Operation IceBridge

Jeffrey Deems

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

Tingjun Zhang

ANTARCTIC GLACIOLOGY & CLIMATE [top]

Principal Investigator

Abrupt Environmental Change in the Larsen Ice Shelf System

Ted Scambos

Antarctic Glaciological Data Center: Continued Data Collection and Management for Antarctic Glaciology

Ted Scambos

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

Ted Scambos

Detecting Change in Glacier Systems (GLIMS)

Richard Armstrong

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

Ted Scambos

Multi-instrument Assessment of Ice Sheet Contributions to Sea Level

Ted Scambos

Operation IceBridge

Jeffrey Deems

Surface Mass Balance and Wind Glaze Mapping in Antarctica

Ted Scambos

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE CRYOSPHERE [top]

Principal Investigator

Abrupt Environmental Change in the Larsen Ice Shelf System

Ted Scambos

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

Andrew Slater

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

Shari Fox Gearheard

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

Julienne Stroeve

Multi-instrument Assessment of Ice Sheet Contributions to Sea Level

Ted Scambos

Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change Over the Contiguous United states

Andrew Slater

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

Andrew Slater

Operation IceBridge

Jeffrey Deems

GLACIERS & ICE SHEETS [top]

Principal Investigator

Abrupt Environmental Change in the Larsen Ice Shelf System

Ted Scambos

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

Julienne Stroeve

Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice & Snow (CHARIS)

Richard Armstrong

Detecting Change in Glacier Systems (GLIMS)

Richard Armstrong

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

Ted Scambos

Multi-instrument Assessment of Ice Sheet Contributions to Sea Level

Ted Scambos

Operation IceBridge

Jeffrey Deems

FROZEN GROUND [top]

Principal Investigator

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

Andrew Slater

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

Tingjun Zhang

Exploring the Dynamics of High Latitude Carbon Balance

Kevin Schaefer

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

Debbie Huntzinger (Northern Arizona University)

Quantifying the Uncertainty in the Permafrost Carbon Feedback

Kevin Schaefer

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

Tingjun Zhang

SEA ICE [top]

Principal Investigator

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

Julienne Stroeve

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

Shari Fox Gearheard

Evaluation of Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice

Julienne Stroeve

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

Julienne Stroeve

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

Mark Serreze

SNOW COVER & SNOW HYDROLOGY [top]

Principal Investigator

Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice & Snow (CHARIS)

Richard Armstrong

Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change Over the Contiguous United states

Andrew Slater

REMOTE SENSING & ALGORITHM DEVEOLOPMENT [top]

Principal Investigator

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

Ted Scambos

An improved, enhanced-resolution, gridded passive microwave ESDR for monitoring cryospheric and hydrologic time series (MEaSUREs)

Mary J. Brodzik

Multi-instrument Assessment of Ice Sheet Contributions to Sea Level

Ted Scambos

Operation IceBridge

Jeffrey Deems

CARBON CYCLE [top]

Principal Investigator

Exploring the Dynamics of High Latitude Carbon Balance

Kevin Schaefer

Quantifying the Uncertainty in the Permafrost Carbon Feedback

Kevin Schaefer

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

Debbie Huntzinger (Northern Arizona University)

DATA MANAGEMENT [top]

Principal Investigator

Antarctic Glaciological Data Center: Continued Data Collection and Management for Antarctic Glaciology

Ted Scambos

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

Mark Serreze

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

Ted Scambos

Data Conservancy

Ruth Duerr

Detecting Change in Glacier Systems (GLIMS)

Richard Armstrong

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

Peter Pulsifer

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

Ted Scambos

Science Data Systems for Satellite and Airborn Lidar Data

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa

INFORMATICS [top]

Principal Investigator

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

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa

Managing Cryospheric Remote Sensing Data Entirely Within a Pure-object Database

David Gallaher

Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative

Ruth Duerr

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