Meet Research Sea Ice Geophysicist Don Perovich

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Don Perovich, sea ice geophysicist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire, is primarily interested in sea ice, specifically the optical properties of sea ice and the heat and mass balance of sea ice. He has been studying sea ice for almost 30 years. Dr. Perovich was inspired to study glaciology and sea ice research after a conversation with a faculty member during his PhD studies at the University of Washington. His interest in sea ice has shifted over the years. Early in his career, he was supported by the Office of Naval Research, which was mainly interested in the Arctic because the Navy wanted to understand anything related to oceans. Later on, the National Science Foundation started to get interested in the planet’s ice cover, mainly because of its role in climate change. The ice cover is a proxy indicator of climate change, and his research focuses on the ice Albedo feedback.