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Enhancement of NASA’s Polar Research Missions: Adjoint Data Assimilation into Numerical Models to Reveal Physical Properties of the Greenland Ice Sheet


The University of Montana/NASA Goddard Flight Research Center

Researchers from University of Montana gather data in the field that is paired with the NASA Goddard’s IceBridge mission airborne radar measurements to create simulations of ice sheet motion. These simulations help researchers project the future response of ice sheets to climate change. Directed Studies in Computer Science, is a new course offered by the University of Montana in the Computer Science Department due to this research. The class makes heavy use of Massive Online Open Courses to provide students new experiences in areas that interest them. Several students have been able to pursue coursework in Researchers from University of Montana prepare to hot-water drill to the bottom of the Greenland ice sheet. The margin area of of thephysics ice sheet is computing rough, making areas and working conditions difficult. Measurements made in the boreholes are used to constrain numerical simulations of the ice motion. Critical additional constraints that were not previously offered. are provided by airborn radar measurements of ice sheet geometry and internal layering from the NASA IceBridge mission. Both instructors and students are benefiting from this arrangement. The funding for this project also created the University of Montana Snow Ice and Climate Group: an interdisciplinary research cluster specializing in physical and computational science applied to the cyrosphere. Interdisciplinary faculty and student researchers come together in common space to exchange ideas and approaches while working side-by-side on cutting-edge research problems. The experience and momentum gained from this project has establish the group in the top five in the world, greatly increasing their competitive for follow-up funding and perform cutting-edge and Thomas Wagner, transformative research. Joel T Harper and Jesse Johnson, Co-Science PIs, Montana State University

NASA Technical Monitor, NASA Headquarters

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NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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