Natalya Gomez discusses workshop in NYU, Abu Dhabi

Last week I attended and presented at the Third Annual Workshop at the Center for Global Sea Level Change on NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi ( Each year's meeting centers around a different topic, and this year it was about remote sensing of ice sheets and mountain glaciers.

I have included a picture of the meeting attendees, who were mostly early-career scientists coming from Europe, North America and Abu Dhabi, and each focussing on a different aspect of observational and modeling work related to remote-sensing. Topics covered in the talks included gravity data, GPS, Satellite altimetry, satellite imagery, airborne and in-situ measurements of ice sheets, and ice-sheet, ocean and sea-level modeling. The talks were structured with 45 minutes of instructional background material and 45 minutes of research and results, and interruptions for questions and discussion were encouraged, which was great! We learned a lot about each other's fields and felt comfortable asking even the most basic questions.

In addition to making good connections with attendees, I also learned about useful tools and websites that I intend to explore in more depth. For example, during Paul Morin's talk, I heard about work on geospatial and mapping problems at the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC). One can find a lot of useful imagery and data on their website ( I also plan to use Google Earth and available Google Earth files more often as a tool to visualize and explore the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets.

We spent most of each day at the meeting discussing science, but David and Denise Holland also arranged an afternoon excursion for the group that involved dune riding, watching the sun set over the sand, and eating a meal together in the desert (see pictures). The excursion was a lot of fun and helped us all to bond on a personal level.

The meeting was a very valuable experience all around and introduced me to a number of potential collaborators and experts in fields connected to my own.


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