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As climate changes, how do Earth's frozen areas affect our planet and impact society?

Staff Scientists

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NSIDC Lead Scientist, Teaching Faculty
Specialties:
Polar weather and climate, atmosphere - ice - ocean - land interaction, weather and climate modeling, atmospheric boundary layer, autonomous observing systems (atmosphere), artificial neural networks (self-organizing maps)
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Research Scientist III
Specialties:
Science policy, coastal sea-ice dynamics, collaborating with Indigenous experts and traditional knowledge holders, community-based monitoring, data management, Arctic observing systems, sea ice and marine mammals, and communicating the societal implications of Arctic change.
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Senior Research Scientist
Specialties:
Arctic environment and change; sea ice; leading multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural research teams; co-production of knowledge; community-led research and monitoring
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Research Scientist II
Specialties:
Arctic environmental governance, Indigenous food security and sovereignty, equity in climate change research and policy, community-based monitoring, data management for Indigenous and community-driven research
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Senior Research Scientist, DAAC Scientist
Specialties:
Sea ice, passive microwave remote sensing, climate data records of sea ice, Arctic climate change, climate change
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Research Scientist III, Deputy NSIDC Lead Scientist
Specialties:
Ice dynamics, ice sheet-ocean interaction, ice loss and freshwater flux, ice-ecosystem connections, hydrology of glaciers and ice sheets, glacier-sea ice interaction, observational science, GIS data tool development, research community organization, science communication
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Senior Associate Scientist
Specialties:
Remote sensing of glaciers, software development for geospatial and remote sensing applications, web-based client interfaces, data tool development, algorithm development
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Senior Scientist, Emeritus
Specialties:
Permafrost dynamics, fire impacts on permafrost, economic impacts of thawing permafrost, subsea permafrost and methane hydrates, land surface modeling, carbon cycle modeling, mercury cycle modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, soil thermodynamics, soil hydrology, atmospheric and soil radiative transfer modeling, inversion theory, remote sensing, project management, orbital mechanics, mercury dynamics in plants and soils
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Research Scientist III
Specialties:
Polar meteorology and climatology, measurement of precipitation, meteorology field work in the polar regions, Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, self-organizing maps (SOMs), python applications with meteorology and climate data, semi-automated quality control of observations
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NSIDC Director, Teaching Faculty
Specialties:
Arctic climate, climate warming in the Arctic, sea ice variability and trends, water and energy cycles, permafrost, economic and geopolitical aspects of Arctic change
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Senior Research Scientist
Specialties:
Remote sensing of sea ice concentration, ice thickness, snow depth, surface albedo and temperature; sea ice-ocean-atmopshere interactions; short and long-term sea ice forecasting, ocean primary productivity, global climate change

Postdoctoral Scientists

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Specialties:
Indigenous food sovereignty, Salish people's food system(s), dietary patterns and associated health outcomes, Indigenous language documentation, Indigenous language revitalization, and curriculum development; storytelling, framing, and narration; multimodal anthropology
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Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher
Specialties:
Arctic weather and climate, climate warming in the Arctic, atmospheric dynamics, data science, big data analysis

Graduate Students

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Graduate Student
Specialties:
Environmental policy, air pollution, groundwater pollution, Arctic weather and climate, Arctic amplification, impacts of sea-level rise, national and global security issues related to climate change
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Graduate Student
Specialties:
Polar weather and climate, atmospheric boundary layer meteorology, autonomous observing systems, artificial neural networks (self-organizing maps)

CU Research Affiliates with NSIDC

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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Specialties:
Light-absorbing particles in the cryosphere, black carbon, snow algae, snow and glacial hydrology, spectral geophysics, surface optical properties, aquatic biogeochemistry