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  • 2016 Sea Ice Minimum Live Shots

    Arctic Sea Ice Trending Low After Record 2016 Heat

    NASA Scientists Available August 19 To Show New Views Of The Arctic During Summer Melt Season

    Record-breaking temperatures in the first half of 2016 have primed the Arctic for another summer of low sea ice cover. Sea ice is frozen ocean water around the polar caps that, in the winter thickens and grows and in the summer thins and decreases. Arctic sea ice is important because it reflects sunlight and keeps the Arctic region cool. Over the past three decades, Arctic sea ice has dramatically declined; making what was once extraordinary low measurements the new normal.

    Join NASA scientists on Friday August 19th from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT to show your viewers new images from the Arctic, and talk about how the polar region is fairing this summer, and how long-term changes in this region could affect the way we live in the U.S.

    The Arctic is Earth’s air conditioner and it helps regulate global temperatures. But the region is warming twice as fast as elsewhere in the world, making the Arctic one of the most visible signs of a changing planet.

    NASA is keeping a close eye on changing conditions in the Arctic with its satellites, airborne and ground campaigns that are measuring the polar sea ice. Scientists are also monitoring the ice sheets that sit on land that are also melting at increasing rates. In 2018 NASA will launch the ICESat-2 satellite that will make some of the most advanced measurements of the polar regions ever.

    ** To book a window ** Michelle Handleman/ michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov / 301-286-0918 work

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    Suggested Questions:

    1. Globally it’s been the warmest year on record. What do the latest images show us about this year’s summer in the Arctic?

    2. What is sea ice and why is it important to the Arctic and the Earth as a whole?

    3. Do you think we’ll ever see an ice-free Arctic?

    4. What about the rest of the Arctic – aren’t we seeing changes in Greenland, too?

    5. Where can we learn more?

    Live Shot Details:

    Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Greenbelt, Maryland


    • Dr. Walt Meier / NASA Scientist

    • Dr. Tom Wagner / NASA Cryosphere Program Manager

    • Dr. Carlos Del Castillo / NASA Scientist [Interviews in Spanish]

    Video: NASA will roll all insert videos during live interviews. If needed, stations can roll a clean feed of all video at 5:45 a.m. EDT on August 18, 2016, at the above listed satellite.

    Canned interviews and b-roll will be available starting August 18 at 6:00 p.m. EDT On Twitter @NASAEarth

  • NASA Releases Global Temperatures for First Half Of 2016

    The last two years broke former global temperature records, so all eyes are on 2016. Compared to the 135-year-old modern temperature record – the first five months of 2016 were the warmest ever measured for each respective month.

    On Tuesday July 19, NASA released its updated global temperature analysis for 2016. The data provides strong insights regarding long-term climate change.

    With striking evidence of long-term climate change, NASA scientists are conducting major field research campaigns – flying over melting Arctic sea ice and taking measurements on the ground – to better understand the processes behind and impacts of a warming planet. Our planet is changing, and NASA is on it.

    *** To Book a Window *** Contact Clare Skelly – clare.a.skelly@nasa.gov / (301) 286-4994

    Suggested questions:

    1. NASA just released new temperature data, what can you tell us about the first half of 2016?

    2. What are the impacts of this heat?

    3. So NASA scientists are in the Arctic right now, how are they observing these changes?

    4. How does this science help us plan for the future?

    5. Where can we learn more? Click for MEDIA RELEASE Click for Arctic sea ice latest. Click for more NASA Earth Science. More on Twitter #EarthRightNow

  • Sea Ice Maximum/Operation IceBridge Live Shots

    Just three months into 2016 and already global temperatures – particularly in the Arctic – are far warmer than normal. Global temperatures for February were the warmest on record for that month.

    Nowhere is this warming trend felt more than in the Arctic where the unusual wintertime warmth has contributed to record low wintertime sea ice extent. Arctic sea ice keeps the Polar Regions cold and helps regulate global temperatures. The shrinking of sea ice is a key indicator of our planet’s health. NASA is monitoring the health of the Arctic from space and the ground. In the coming days NASA will launch two missions – Operation Ice Bridge and OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland). These airborne and ground campaigns to the Arctic will take measurements of sea ice and glacier thickness.

    Join NASA scientists on Friday, March 25 from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT to see new images of this year’s sea ice extent; talk about how the Arctic faired this winter; and find out the latest on NASA missions to the Arctic set to launch in the coming days.

    Suggested Questions:

    1. What do the latest images show us about this year’s winter in the Arctic?

    2. What do the images tell us about the long-term trend?

    3. NASA is getting ready to send out teams of scientists to the Arctic in the coming days. What will they be doing?

    4. Where can we learn more?

    *** To book a window contact*** Michelle Handleman / michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov Click for sea ice Flickr gallery.

  • Arctic sea ice live shots 2013
    On Friday August 23, 2013, scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center talked to television stations from around the country about the Arctic and the changes taking place to sea ice in this region. See below for interviews in English with Tom Wagner and Walt Meier, an interview in Spanish with Carlos del Castillo, and footage and data visualizations of sea ice.

    For more information please click here.

  • Earth's Climate Gets a Checkup: Operation IceBridge Takes to the Skies to Monitor Changing Arctic
    NASA scientists have just begun the most recent leg of the Operation IceBridge Mission, an unprecedented six-year mission to study the Earth's polar regions, not through the lens of a satellite, but from onboard an airplane. In fact, IceBridge is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown.
  • IceBridge 2010, a liveshot with Lora Koenig
    Live interview with NASA Goddard cryospheric scientist Lora Koenig regarding Operation IceBridge and the 2010 Arctic sea ice maximum.
  • IceBridge Update Podcast
    Science writer Kathryn Hansen and video producer Jefferson Beck give an update on Operation IceBridge from the field. They interview NASA engineer Kyle Krabill about the weather in Greenland and the flying conditions so far.

    For complete transcript, click here.