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NYU-led Researchers Attribute Thinning of Greenland Glacier to Ocean Warming Preceded by Atmospheric Changes

9/28/2008 The sudden thinning in 1997 of Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of Greenland's largest glaciers, was caused by subsurface ocean warming. The researchers trace these oceanic shifts back to changes in the atmospheric circulation in the North Atlantic region. More

NOAA Administrator Announces Resignation

9/24/2008 Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, today announced his resignation, effective Oct. 31. More

National Science Board Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska Honors University of Alaska's IPY Contributions

9/22/2008 The National Science Board (NSB), which oversees the National Science Foundation, will meet at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) today. The board selected the location to recognize UAF's significant role in Arctic research. More

NSIDC: Arctic Sea Ice Settles at Second-lowest Level Since Satellite Observations Began, Underscoring Accelerating Decline

9/16/2008 The Arctic sea-ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the second-lowest extent recorded since the dawn of the satellite era. More

Small Glaciers– Not Large–Account for Most of Greenland's Recent Loss of Ice, NASA-funded, Ohio State University Study Shows

9/15/2008 The new study shows that the dozens of much smaller outflow glaciers dotting Greenland’s coast together account for three times more loss from the island’s ice sheet than the amount coming from their huge relatives. More

Ice Core Studies Confirm Accuracy of Climate Models

9/11/2008 An analysis of the global carbon cycle and climate for a 70,000-year period in the most recent Ice Age shows a remarkable correlation between carbon dioxide levels and surprisingly abrupt changes in climate. More

Ice-Core Studies Confirm Accuracy of Climate Models

9/11/2008 An analysis of the global carbon cycle and climate for a 70,000-year period in the most recent Ice Age shows a remarkable correlation between carbon dioxide levels and surprisingly abrupt changes in climate. More

Extinct Antarctic Amphibian had Large Teeth on Roof of Mouth

9/11/2008 When the world's land was congealed in one supercontinent 240 million years ago, Antarctica wasn't the icy place it is now. But paleontologists have found a previously unknown amphibious predator that probably made it still less than hospitable. More

Go North!: NSF-funded Polar Learning Program Wins Education Award

9/9/2008 GoNorth! was named a Tech Awards Laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation of San Jose, Calif. Go North! brings together polar scientists and polar communities to share their research and lives with students worldwide. More

Rapid Retreat: Ice Shelf Loss along Canada's Ellesmere Coast

9/5/2008 By July 2008, what had once been a massive ice fringe along the northern Ellesmere coast had been reduced to five isolated ice shelves. More
                                      
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