Helen Amanda Fricker is a professor of geophysics in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. She uses satellite radar and laser altimetry to understand the evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Fricker has gained wide recognition for her discovery of active Antarctic sub-glacial lakes and their dynamic hydrologic systems, including the short-term drainage of one lake into another. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with first class honors in mathematics and physics from University College London, and her Ph.D. in glaciology from the University of Tasmania, before joining Scripps as a postgraduate researcher. She belongs to the American Geophysical Union and was a member of the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Team, as well as the NASA Sea Level Change Team.
Scientists have combined NASA Earth satellite observations with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and to determine why.
Revised dates have been set for the prelaunch briefing and launch of GRACE-FO, NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite mission.
Operation IceBridge, NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice change, concluded this year’s springtime survey of Arctic sea and land ice.
GRACE Follow-On's unique satellite view of underground water will be valuable in creating one of the most important U.S. tools for tracking drought throughout the nation.
Melting polar ice doesn't raise global sea level evenly, like filling a sink. GRACE-FO can help scientists understand differences in sea level rise on the world's coastlines.