Stewards of data, past and present


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) team at NSIDC manages, archives, and publishes data sets with an emphasis on in situ data, data sets from operational communities such as the U.S. Navy, and digitizing old and sometimes forgotten but valuable analog data. We also help develop educational pages, contribute to larger center-wide projects, and support the Roger G. Barry Archives and Resource Center (ARC) at NSIDC.

Featured NOAA@NSIDC Products


    Current sea ice conditions produced from multiple sources and sensors.
  • Sea Ice Index

    Sea Ice Index
    Images from passive microwave satellite data that depict current and past sea ice conditions.
  • Glacier Photo Collection

    Qorikalis Glacier
    An online, searchable collection of photographs of glaciers.
  • Virtual Globes

    Virtual Globes
    Resource for Google Earth KML files that enable users to view snow and ice images on a Virtual Globe.
  • World Glacier Inventory

    World Glacier Inventory
    Contains information on over 100,000 glaciers throughout the world.
  • NIC Sea Ice Charts

    NIC Sea Ice Charts
    Arctic sea ice concentration climatology derived from the NIC operational ice-chart time series.
  • CIS Sea Ice Charts

    CIS Sea Ice Charts
    CIS Arctic regional sea ice charts for marine navigation, climate research, and input to the GDSIDB.


NSIDC was established at the University of Colorado in 1982 by NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) to serve as a national information and referral center for polar research. While NSIDC is not part of NOAA, we are affiliated with the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) through a cooperative agreement and archive and distribute our NOAA data in partnership with NGDC. NOAA@NSIDC activities are made possible by support from NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC and the NOAA Arctic Research Program.


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See Also

Offers a unique set of collections focused on both science and history in the Earth's frozen regions.

Other NOAA Web sites regarding polar research, snow and ice analysis, and data management.