Data Sets for Research
Scientific Data Search
Support for Researchers
Data for Everyone
Looking for facts and information? See About the Cryosphere.
Icelights: Answers to your burning questions about ice and climate
What's hot in the news around climate and sea ice and what are scientists talking about now? Read more...
What is the Cryosphere?
When scientists talk about the cryosphere, they mean the places on Earth where water is in its solid form, frozen into ice or snow. Read more ...
The NSIDC Web site and data services are currently having intermittent problems and may be unavailable. We are working to restore these services as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact NSIDC User Services for assistance.
The All About Glaciers photo gallery provides an in-depth look at the different types of glaciers, their features and characteristics, and how glaciers can shape the land around them.
NSIDC archives a Glacier Photograph Collection of historical photos, which includes both aerial and terrestrial photos for the 1880s to 2013. The photos are primarily of U.S. and Canadian glaciers, but include glaciers from around the globe. The Repeat Photography of Glaciers Special Collection within the photograph database matches photos of glaciers taken during the early 1900s with recent photos taken at the same physical location. The photos tell a captivating visual story of the changes glaciers have experienced during the past century.
NSIDC's Glacier Glossary - Search and browse terms related to glaciers in NSIDC's comprehensive cryospheric glossary.
NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection - NSIDC archives a Glacier Photograph Collection of historical photos, which includes both aerial and terrestrial photos for the 1880s to 1975. The photos are primarily of Alaskan glaciers, but coverage also includes the Pacific Northwest and Europe.