Roger stepped down as Director of NSIDC in April 2008. He went to half time in January 2009 (through Dec 2010). The World Data Center library was named the Roger G. Barry Resource Office for Cryospheric Studies (ROCS). Roger was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship for Geophysics for 2009-10.
Roger passed away on March 19, 2018 at the age of 82. See "In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Roger Barry"
- Worked on IPY data management efforts
- Studied changes in freeze/thaw cycle, permafrost dynamics, and hydrology in the Russian Arctic
- Researched twentieth century sea ice in Eurasian Arctic from Russian and modern data sources
- Wrote several books including one on "The Cryosphere: Past, present and future" for Cambridge University Press supported by a Humboldt Fellowship Award at the Kommission fur Glaziologie, Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich (May-Oct 2009,Aug-Oct 2010 and Aug-Oct 2011).