The Center For Remote Sensing Of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Investigates Melting Polar Ice

The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) is a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005 with the mission of developing new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. The NSF’s Science and Technology Center (STC) program combines the efforts of scientists and engineers to respond to problems of global significance, supporting the intense, sustained, collaborative work required to achieve progress in these areas. CReSIS provides students and faculty with opportunities to pursue exciting research in a variety of disciplines; to collaborate with world-class scientists and engineers in the US and abroad; and to make meaningful contributions to the ongoing, urgent work of addressing the impact of climate change. Julie Palais, a glaciologist and program manager in the Division of Polar Programs, noted that CReSIS not only exemplifies NSF’s emphasis on support for cutting-edge science and technology across the disciplines, but also is a leader in meeting the foundation’s aim of better integrating research and education. “A critical Polar Programs’ goal is helping to prepare the next generation of polar researchers and, at the same time, helping to insure that the next generation is as representative of the diversity of the U.S. public as possible,” she said. “ CReSIS’ educational outreach is aimed squarely at achieving those goals.”

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