NASA to fund study of effects of thinning, retreating Arctic ice

By on January 8, 2015

A geographer at Clark University has won a NASA grant to study impacts that come from thinning and retreating sea ice in the Arctic, according to a release from the school. Her investigation will focus on the Arctic’s Pacific region.

Karen Frey, an associate professor of geography at the school, is the grant winner. She plans to use the funding to support educational initiatives that will go alongside work looking into the relationships between ice melt, sunlight availability, organism growth and water chemistry.

Frey and her students plan to create computer models to aid in their work using data on ice movement and ocean biology. They also plan to integrate their findings with previous and ongoing field work from NASA.

Top image: Melt-season Arctic ice. (Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

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