NASA Science Flights Target Melting Arctic Sea Ice
(Click to enlarge) Arctic sea ice as seen from satellite images (Credit: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio/C. Starr)
This summer, with sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels, a NASA airborne survey of polar ice just completed its first flights. Its target: aquamarine pools of melt water on the ice surface that may be accelerating the overall sea ice retreat.
(From Alaska Native News)– NASA’s Operation IceBridge completed the first research flight of its new 2016 Arctic summer campaign on July 13. The science flights, which continue through July 25, are collecting data on sea ice in a year following a record-warm winter in the Arctic. Read the full story »