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Posted 5/10/2016

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By Marie Darling
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Public Affairs

Dr. Jacqueline A. Richter-Menge of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire, recently received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Richter-Menge is a leader in polar climate physics, focusing on research of the Arctic sea ice cover from Alaska to Greenland. A U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center staff member since 1981, her work has helped document the rapid changes occurring among Arctic glaciers, permafrost, snow covers and sea ice. She has led or participated in more than 20 Arctic field programs, many in collaboration with UAF researchers, and has produced more than 80 publications in scholarly journals. Her efforts have helped better understand the behavior of the sea ice cover, contributing to the safety and efficiency of energy exploration, shipping and other activities.

Richter-Menge holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. She is a New Hampshire professional engineer. She currently serves as the principal investigator for major research programs with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. She leads and participates on national and international science teams and committees and has served as technical editor for the NOAA Arctic Report Card, "Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate Report", "Annals of Glaciology" and "Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans".

Richter-Menge was presented the honorary degree May 8 at UAF’s 94th commencement ceremony.

The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire, is an integral component of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, ERDC is the premier research and development facility for USACE, with more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities and an annual research program exceeding $1.1 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.