Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar
Space Lasers! ICESat-2 Data Products and Services by Dr. Steve Tanner, ICESat-2 Data Manager at NSIDC
ABSTRACT: ICESat-2 was successfully launched on the morning of September 15, 2018. Once it becomes operational in late 2018, ICESat-2’s 6 laser beams will canvas the Earth. They will measure the height of pretty much everything, on a scale and resolution that is unprecedented. NASA’s National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) will host all of the ICESat-2 data over the coming years. This talk with focus on ICESat-2’s instruments, details on each of the 20 products that will be available (from sea ice height to forest canopies and fresh water lakes), and the data services that will be available for researchers as they utilize these products.
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TEDxSalonBoulder: The Melting Arctic
The Arctic is one of the most rapidly changing ecosystems on the planet. Rising greenhouse gases have profoundly disrupted weather and environmental patterns that, while extreme, have shown stability over several thousand years. No more. The Arctic is melting before our eyes.
Understanding how the Arctic is changing—and how it will change as greenhouse gases continue to rise—is critical for commerce, national defense, and for rich oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems and environments that have supported indigenous peoples for 10,000 years. The observed dramatic changes in the Arctic climate system, including fast retreat of Arctic sea, can be simulated and understood using numerical models run on supercomputers.
This TEDxBoulderSalon will highlight the rich scientific expertise located here in Boulder to open a window on this imperiled region and its people.
Expert participants from CIRES, NOAA, CU Boulder and elsewhere include: Jennifer Kay, Mark Serreze, Matthew Shupe, Sandra Starkweather, Ariel Morrison, Katie Boyd, Mathias Nordvig, Heidi McCann, Giff Miller, Mike Willis, and Cassandra Brooks.
This event is hosted by TEDxBoulderSalon, CIRES, NOAA, CU Boulder, and the CU Museum of Natural History.
Registration ($10) is required and seating is limited. Students and community members who need a discount code can use "student."