11 July 2019

NSIDC’s Twila Moon Testifies Before Congress

NSIDC research scientist Twila Moon testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Moon offered her expertise on the Greenland Ice Sheet in “Earth’s Thermometers: Glacial and Ice Sheet Melt in a Changing Climate”.

NSIDC research scientist Twila Moon will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Thursday, July 11. NSIDC research scientist Twila Moon will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Thursday, July 11. High-resolution image

Moon was joined by Robin Bell of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Richard Alley of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State University, W. Tad Pfeffer of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and Gabriel Wolken of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Those testifying were asked to discuss the state of the science on glacier and ice sheet melt, current melt rates, future projections due to climate change, how melt will affect sea level rise and the implications of this on society. They were also given the opportunity to voice concerns on current research gaps and to offer recommendations to bolster the science.

An archive of the hearing and links to full testimony can be accessed here.

To learn more about Moon’s recent research and work, visit her bio, watch her TEDxBigSky talk or read her recent paper on “The Expanding Footprint of Rapid Arctic Change” in the American Geophysical Union’s Earth’s Future journal.