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Stephen Cole
Headquarters, Washington     
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stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov
 
Dec. 4, 2009
 
RELEASE : 09-281
 
 
NASA to Spotlight Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice and Unprecedented Glacier Study at Copenhagen
 
 
WASHINGTON -- NASA will take its Earth science research and educational programs before a world-wide audience Dec. 7-18 during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. NASA is one of several U.S. government agencies supporting the first-ever U.S. Center, an outreach initiative housed in Copenhagen’s Bella Conference Center.

Organized by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Center will host more than 60 events during the conference. The center's meeting room is a 100-seat auditorium where U.S. and international leaders in the fight against climate change will headline presentations on a wide range of critical initiatives, policies, and scientific research. The center's reception room serves as a welcome area where visitors can learn more about U.S. climate actions and programs.

The reception room will feature displays and videos using data from U.S. satellites, including NASA's fleet of Earth-observing research spacecraft. Some of this imagery will be shown on the "Science On a Sphere" projection system, a six-foot, computer-driven globe that displays animated images of the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere. NASA scientists also will be on hand to discuss agency research and programs with visitors.

The U.S. Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time daily, is located in Hall C5 of the Bella Conference Center. NASA is sponsoring the following presentations during the Copenhagen conference:

State of the Science: Earth's Changing Polar Ice Cover
  The presentation will feature the latest observations and research findings on shrinking Arctic sea ice and the rapidly changing ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. Speaker: Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado (Dec. 7, meeting room).

Climate Change Impacts on Civilizations: Lessons from Space Archaeology
NASA is pioneering the use of satellite observations to read the clues of how ancient civilizations reacted to changes in climate. Speakers: Tom Sever, University of Alabama; Ron Blom, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Dec. 7, meeting room).

"Extreme Ice" Multimedia Presentation
See images from the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted using ground-based, real-time photography. Speaker: James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey (Dec. 7, meeting room; Dec. 9 and 16, reception room).

Student Climate Research Campaign
This is a showcase of research projects by secondary school students from around the world conducted through the NASA-sponsored Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. Speaker: Donna Charlevoix, University of Colorado (Dec. 8, reception room).

International Global Climate Change Observation from Space
NASA plays a leadership role in the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. The committee’s international member agencies operate and plan missions to measure critical components of climate change. Speakers: Jack Kaye, NASA's Earth Science Division; Makoto Kajii, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Dec. 11, meeting room).

The World's Forests as Carbon Sinks and Sources
This presentation will feature the latest scientific knowledge on how forests absorb and release carbon, and how human activities have changed that balance. Speaker: Jeffery Masek, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Dec. 11, meeting room).

Many of the meeting room events will be webcast live on the State Department conference Web site. For a complete schedule of events, visit:  

http://cop15.state.gov


Regular updates on events during the conference will be posted at:

http://www.facebook.com/usdos.cop15


NASA has released a new multimedia climate change resource reel for journalists showcasing downloadable videos, data visualizations, animations, and still images that illustrate key climate change concepts and discoveries. It is available online at:

 

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ClimateEssentials


For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov


 

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