Dr. Patrick Heimbach is a physical oceanographer and senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He seeks to understand the ocean's general circulation, and its role in the climate system, using a state-of-the-art general circulation model. He combines the modeling with observations, from space and on the ground, to produce a three-dimensional, time-evolving simulation of the global ocean and its sea ice cover. His interests also include ice sheet, glacier and sea ice dynamics, as well as the interaction of polar ice sheets with the ocean and their contribution to sea level rise.
NASA Sea Level Change Team member Robert Kopp uses data on past sea-level rise to improve forecasts of what's to come – and to help coastal planners prepare.
The researchers shared their latest findings, and discussed how to make sea-level science more useful to planners and others preparing for changes on the U.S. coast.
To better predict changes in Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, sea-level scientists turn their focus to the bedrock beneath.
The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will explore how the ocean absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, moderating global temperatures and climate change.
In a question and answer session, ice sheet researcher Sophie Nowicki, a member of the NASA Sea Level Change Team, discusses a new era in sea-level research.