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.
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.