Trillions of cubic feet of natural gas are thought to lie in cold storage within Earth’s permafrost and under its oceans. That gas, however, is trapped within cage-like chemical structures called methane clathrates. Scientists are very interested in these structures, because they may have cousins hidden under the surface of the icy moons in the outer solar system.
Ph.D. student Courtney Di Vittorio has won support from NASA for her work using satellite data to better manage water resources. The fourth-year civil engineering grad student learned this month she is one of the space agency’s 2017 Earth and Space Science Fellows.