Director, Center for the Study of Earth from Space
University of Colorado, CIRES
Waleed Abdalati studies high latitude glaciers and ice sheets using satellites and airborne instruments, as well as ground-based data from field expeditions. As current head of the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and previously as Program Scientist for NASA's Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), which looked at changes in the Earth's ice cover, he has led expeditions to some of the most remote regions of the earth, including Greenland and the Canadian Arctic to further the understanding of glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and polar climate.
Dr. Abdalati has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Sciences and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado's Program in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House in 1999 and received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2004.
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