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Test Flights Demonstrate Unmanned Aircraft's Worth, Including Potentially Studying Bering Sea Seals

11/3/2008 Three recent flights over Puget Sound proved the value of the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system. NOAA scientists hope to use the technology to study ice-associated seals in Alaska’s Bering Sea in the spring of 2009 More

Florida State University Historian's Arctic Research Has Him Sitting on top of the World

10/30/2008 Ronald E. Doel, an associate professor of history, is leading an international team that is working to produce one of the most comprehensive histories to date of the Arctic from the late 19th century to the present, thanks in part to an NSF grant. More

Statement by Karl A. Erb, Director of NSF's Office of Polar Programs, on the Death of South Pole Astronomy Pioneer Martin A. Pomerantz

10/29/2008 Martin A. Pomerantz, who died on October 25, at his northern California home at the age of 91, was literally a legend in Antarctic science for his vision and dedication to the field of South Pole astronomy. More

NSF-funded, University of Texas Researchers on International Team Probing Antarctic Glaciers for Clues To Past and Future Sea Level

10/27/2008 Scientists from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have teamed up to explore the Aurora and Wilkes Subglacial Basins. The research could show how Earth's climate changed in the past and how future climate change will affect global sea level. More

Explorers to Probe Hidden Antarctic Mountains

10/21/2008 Scientists from six nations will combine efforts over the next three months to penetrate one of earth’s last unexplored places: Antarctica’s vast Gamburtsev Mountains, never seen by humans because they lie under up to four kilometers of ice. More

Arctic Soil Reveals Climate Change Clues: Holds Double the Organic Material Previously Thought

10/7/2008 Frozen arctic soil contains nearly twice the greenhouse-gas-producing organic material as was previously estimated, according to recently published research by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists. More

NASA Study Finds Rising Arctic Storm Activity Sways Sea Ice, Climate

10/6/2008 A new NASA study shows that the rising frequency and intensity of arctic storms over the last half century, attributed to progressively warmer waters, directly provoked acceleration of the rate of arctic sea-ice drift. More

Most Alaskan Glaciers Retreating, Thinning, and Stagnating, Says Major USGS Report

10/6/2008 Most glaciers in every mountain range and island group in Alaska are experiencing significant retreat, thinning or stagnation, according to a new book. In places, these changes began as early as the middle of the 18th century. More

NSIDC: Arctic Sea Ice Down to Second-Lowest Extent Since Measurements Began in 1979; Likely Record-Low Volume

10/2/2008 Arctic sea ice extent during the 2008 melt season dropped to the second-lowest level since satellite measurements began in 1979, reaching the lowest point in its annual cycle of melt and growth on September 14, 2008. More

NASA Mars Lander Sees Falling Snow in Martian Arctic, Soil Data Suggest Liquid Past

9/29/2008 The Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth. More
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