Making sense of melting sea ice. (Photo by Flickr user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Ice caps melting. Sea levels rising. It’s a cause-and-effect that shows how the Earth is warming, leaving humans at risk of more flooding and intense coastal storms.

Given the increasing volume of warnings from scientists, lots of data is being collected to document the loss of ice in the world’s polar regions. But tools are needed to make sense of it, and help to foster a deeper understanding of how it affects climate.

A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) AI and data science professor Maryam Rahnemoonfar will work to analyze that data, with an eye toward preparing communities for the hazards to come.


Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.