Keynote Address

EnviroDay 2020 Keynote speaker

Dr. Brooke C. Medley

Research Scientist, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Medley is a glaciologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GFSC) who uses satellite and airborne data to understand ice mass balance, ice sheet contributions to sea level, and atmospheric processes over ice sheets. Medley is part of the Operation IceBridge mission, NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice. In 2018, Dr. Medley was onboard the Operation IceBridge plane as it overlapped with the ground-track of ICESat2 over Antartica, simultaneously measuring satellite and suborbital of sea ice.

Her research focuses on developing methods to remotely measure near surface processes, such as snow accumulation and melt, using airborne and satellite remote sensing. Additionally, Medley utilizes annual records of snow accumulation derived from both shallow firn cores and remotely sensed observations to understand climate variability over the polar ice sheets and to evaluate global and regional atmospheric models of net precipitation over poorly measured regions.

Checkout Brooke’s feature (around 3:55) on NASA Explorers episode – Exploring Antartica with NASA’s Operation IceBridge, while also learning about other instruments onboard the plane.

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