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November 29, 2012

International study provides more solid measure of shrinking in polar ice sheets

Channel through glacier

Climatologists have reconciled their measurements of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades. A second article looks at how to monitor and understand accelerating losses from the planet’s two largest continental ice sheets.


June 12, 2012

Novel scientific equipment will unlock ocean secrets for decades — with slide show

The shallow profiler will float to the surface and get pulled back down to the floating platform by a winch.

University of Washington engineers and scientists are one step closer to deploying sophisticated equipment that will collect important information about ocean properties like currents and temperature and send the information via the Internet in real time to scientists around the world.


May 3, 2012

Increasing speed of Greenland glaciers gives new insight for rising sea level

These icebergs recently calved from the front of the north branch of Jakobshavn Isbrae, a large outlet glacier that drains 6.5 percent of the Greenland ice sheet. The fact that they are upright, indicated by their dirty and crevassed surfaces, suggests they calved from the floating end of a glacier.

Changes in the speed that ice travels in more than 200 outlet glaciers indicates that Greenland’s contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, a new study shows.


February 24, 2012

Kids can explore icy worlds with scientists at Polar Science Weekend (with video)

Taryn Black, a UW undergraduate, coaches two young visitors conducting an experiment to find out which block of ice is from fresh water and which from salt water.

Learn about polar bears and penguins. Center a two-foot tusk on your forehead and imagine youre a narwhal exploring your icy-ocean home. For these activities and more, grab the kids and head for Polar Science Weekend, March 1 to 4, sponsored by the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Pacific Science Center.


February 25, 2011

Learn about research in some of the most challenging places on Earth

Oceanography graduate student Melinda Webster explains buoys that measure air temperature, air pressure and sea ice drift. Credit required: Dan Clark/UW Applied Physics Laboratory

With live presentations and 40 exhibit and activity stations, Polar Science Weekend March 3-6 offers opportunities to learn about extreme polar environments from those who work there.


February 11, 2010

Go to the poles in your imagination at annual Polar Science Weekend

Hands-on exhibits, UW polar experts and a bit of imagination will transport you and your family to the extreme environments of the Arctic and Antarctica later this month during Polar Science Weekend at Pacific Science Center.


March 5, 2009

Wintery blast launches fourth annual Polar Science Weekend

Right on cue, Seattle delivered snow for the opening day of this year’s Polar Science Weekend.


February 19, 2009

Lecture on arctic policy challenges marks opening of Polar Science Weekend

Marking the end of International Polar Year, the chair of the eight-nation council that is assessing the implications of increased shipping in the Arctic Ocean will give a lecture on campus Thursday, Feb.


April 17, 2008

While stability far from assured, Greenland perhaps not headed down too slippery a slope

In a pair of companion papers in Science Express this week, scientists investigate the role of surface meltwater on accelerating the flow of the Greenland Ice Sheet and outlet glaciers and conclude that, while surface melt plays a substantial role in ice sheet dynamics, it may not produce large instabilities.


March 6, 2008

UW, Pacific Science Center expand Polar Science Weekend activities

Smash ice, turn your tongue into a salinometer to experience how saltiness differs in the world’s oceans, explore an igloo and field camp, predict polar climate, dive into the world of oceanographic moorings and get your hands on real scientific instruments during the third annual Polar Science Weekend today through Sunday at Pacific Science Center.


March 1, 2007

Talk to explorers, don mukluks, learn about glaciers at pair of polar events

The UW will launch International Polar Year with two events next week, a lecture that kicks off the series “Our Changing Climate: Polar Ice to Politics” followed by the Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center.


February 23, 2006

Pacific Science Center in grips of polar blast March 2-5

With the extent of Arctic ice reaching record-breaking lows in recent seasons and Antarctic ice sheets losing dramatic, miles-wide pieces of ice, the world’s attention has been focused on changes underway at both ends of the Earth.



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