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NASA climate scientist to join UB's faculty in early 2018

The University at Buffalo is taking another step forward in its polar climate science research.

NASA climate scientist Kristin Poinar will bring numeric modeling expertise to the university's geology department starting in January.

Poinar grabbed global headlines earlier this year after her discovery that melting water was creating massive cracks in the Greenland ice sheet.

A view of a crevasse field on the Greenland ice sheet. Water is not visible in the crevasses, because meltwater doesn't enter them until about 40 feet below the surface where the aquifer lies. (Credit: Clement Miège/University at Utah)

Her position is being partially funded by the UB RENEW Institute.

Poinar's addition will add to UB's growing climate change research group, which focuses on studying glaciers and ice sheets.

It's one of just a few glaciology programs at universities nationwide.

Poinar gave a TED Talk in Vancouver last spring.

It premiers online beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Global climate scientists visit Buffalo to tackle Greenland melting



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