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2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Tied for Second Lowest On Record

September 25, 2019

The extent of Arctic sea ice at the end of this summer was effectively tied with 2007 and…
First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests and More

May 29, 2019

More than a trillion new measurements of Earth’s height – blanketing everything from glaciers in Greenland, to mangrove…
NASA Begins Final Year of Airborne Polar Ice Mission

April 5, 2019

This is the last year for Operation IceBridge, NASA’s most comprehensive airborne survey of ice change. Since the…
A Decade of Exploring Alaska’s Mountain Glaciers

April 1, 2019

In Alaska, 5 percent of the land is covered by glaciers that are losing a lot of ice…
Snow over Antarctica Buffered Sea Level Rise during Last Century

December 17, 2018

A new NASA-led study has determined that an increase in snowfall accumulation over Antarctica during the 20th century mitigated…
More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up

December 11, 2018

East Antarctica has the potential to reshape coastlines around the world through sea level rise, but scientists have…
2018 Arctic Summertime Sea Ice Minimum Extent Tied for Sixth Lowest on Record

September 28, 2018

Arctic sea ice likely reached its 2018 lowest extent on Sept. 19 and again on Sept. 23, according…
NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Track Earth’s Changing Ice

September 16, 2018

NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) successfully launched from California at 9:02 a.m. EDT Saturday, embarking…
NASA Launching Advanced Laser to Measure Earth’s Changing Ice

August 25, 2018

Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission…
Arctic Wintertime Sea Ice Extent Is Among Lowest On Record

March 24, 2018

Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and…
NASA Space Laser Completes 2,000-mile Road Trip

March 1, 2018

Once in orbit after it launches this fall, NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite will travel at speeds faster than 15,000 miles…
NASA Scientists Embark on Extreme Antarctic Trek

December 16, 2017

In temperatures that can drop below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, along a route occasionally blocked by wind-driven ice dunes,…
IceBridge Launches Two Sets of Antarctic Flights

November 1, 2017

Scientists with NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to map polar ice, Operation IceBridge, completed a successful science flight on…
NASA Scientists Seek to Improve Sea Ice Predictions

August 31, 2017

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent…
NASA’s ICESat-2 Preps for Laser Tests

August 17, 2017

Lasers that will fly on NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, are about to be…
NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

August 8, 2017

NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station 650 miles…
Two Decades of Changes in Helheim Glacier

July 30, 2017

Helheim Glacier is the fastest flowing glacier along the eastern edge of Greenland Ice Sheet and one of…
NASA Annual Arctic Ice Survey Expanded Range This Year

May 18, 2017

NASA’s annual survey of changes in Arctic ice cover greatly expanded its reach this year in a series…
NASA’s ICESat-2 to Provide More Depth to Sea Ice Forecasts

March 16, 2017

In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent — but this year…
NASA’s Aerial Survey of Polar Ice Expands Its Arctic Reach

March 13, 2017

For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has…
See How Arctic Sea Ice Is Losing Its Bulwark Against Warming Summers

October 29, 2016

Arctic sea ice, the vast sheath of frozen seawater floating on the Arctic Ocean and its neighboring seas,…
Greenland Campaign Takes Flight for Better Ice Sheet Measurements

August 31, 2015

Earlier this month, a NASA instrument nestled in the belly of a small plane flew over Greenland’s ice…
A Laser Beam’s Path Through NASA’s ICESat-2

June 17, 2015

Before beaming 300 miles to Earth’s surface, bouncing off the ground and travelling another 300 miles back into…
How NASA Builds a Space Laser

June 4, 2014

To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started…
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