CReSIS data featured in National Geographic


Summer 2010

Josh Meisel and his CReSIS research went mainstream this summer after he provided data for National Geographic's June 2010 issue and online interactive feature on climate change at the poles entitled "Greenland's Vanishing Ice."

CReSIS researchers were contacted in May 2009 about the potential collaboration with National Geographic Magazine. The goal was to bring to life a 3-D image depicting the Greenland ice sheet's thickness. Meisel and his team began working on interpolating small areas with little data by zeroing in on small areas of ice at a time to create more accurate maps. The team ran ARC GIS software and used CReSIS data from recent flights over the ice sheet.

CReSIS passed its data on to editors and specialists hired by National Geographic for this project in early September. Graphics were done by Paul Morin's team at the University of Minnesota's Antarctic Geospatial Information Center.

Meisel himself had the opportunity to go to Greenland in the spring of 2009, shortly before receiving this exciting request. He's currently working under Dr. Chris Allen doing a project similar in nature on Pine Island and has had requests for outlet glaciers in Greenland. Meisel said that being listed as a contributor for National Geographic Magazine's feature conjures a profound sense of accomplishment.

"It's pretty cool that we're attracting a wider audience with this," Meisel said.