15 Feb Watch ETS Profiles: Dr. Thomas Wagner – NASA
On February 10, 2016 Zpryme had the pleasure of joining Dr. Thomas Wagner NASA Program Scientist for the cryosphere and ETS16 special guest at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Shot in the NASA TV studios, Dr. Wagner fielded questions such as: What are you most hopeful for the Earth 50 years from now? Joining NASA, was that always a dream? How did the agency end up tackling climate science?
Hopeful for in the next 50 years that we start grappling with the climate change happening now… the planet isn’t just changing, it’s changed.
Dr. Wagner directs NASA activities for study of the earth’s polar regions, glaciers, sea ice, and related aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Before joining NASA in early 2009, Tom was Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences at the US National Science Foundation. He has been to Antarctica six times, and helped plan the US research program for the International Polar Year (2007-2009). After finishing his PhD, Tom spent six years teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea, where he was also involved in university administration and foreign aid projects. Tom enjoys science outreach, and has helped various film makers and other artists interested in polar work. He has also appeared on various television, radio, and web programs to discuss polar science and climate change. For example Anne Curry Reports: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home? and Rising sea levels displaces 150 million people.