Meghan Helmberger

Graduate Student

About Meghan

Meghan Helmberger is a Ph.D. student at NSIDC and University of Colorado Boulder Geography Department. Her research focuses on the interactions between the atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean across the Arctic. She has an interest in applying statistical models to these data to estimate what has the largest influence on seasonal sea ice extent predictions. Helmberger is passionate about mentorship and supporting her peers in the early career research community. Additionally, she is interested in sharing science and her experiences in the Arctic with any audience.


Atmosphere-ice-ocean interaction, ice loss, energy flux, Arctic climate, project management, mentorship

Current Research

The Role of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Energy Exchange in Sea ice Predictability: Understanding energy exchange between the atmosphere and ocean across the Arctic is a critical factor in sea ice predictability. This project evaluates the relationship between ocean heat gain and sea ice extent changes. Examining patterns of ocean heat gain over the past 40 years shows disagreement between the three different models used in this study. Ongoing work with these data estimates what is causing this disagreement to provide a better understanding of the source data uncertainties, and to improve future predictions. Source of support: NSF


M.S., Clark University, 2013
B.A., Environmental Science and Policy and Studio Art, Clark University, 2012


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