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NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.

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Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis

Scientific analysis of Arctic sea ice conditions plus daily images.
ELOKA

ELOKA

Working together to understand the changing Arctic system.

Satellite Observations of the Arctic

Mapping decades of NASA scientific data.
The NASA DAAC at NSIDC

The NASA DAAC at NSIDC

NASA Earth science data on snow, ice, cryosphere, and climate.
Visit the Cryosphere

Visit the Cryosphere

Facts, photos and educational resources about Earth's frozen regions.
Greenland Today

Greenland Today

Daily surface melt images from NASA data, and scientific analysis.

News

25 June 2018

 Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly -100 degrees Celsius (-148 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter.

13 June 2018

NSIDC senior research scientist Ted Scambos co-authors the Nature paper, which breaks new ground in implicating sea ice change in sea level rise.

30 April 2018

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are joining forces to investigate Thwaties Glacier—a massive, rapidly changing glacier in Antarctica.

30 March 2018

Roger G. Barry, founding director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), passed away on March 19, 2018, concluding a distinguished career in the study of the cryosphere and mountain climates.

23 March 2018

Sea ice over the Arctic Ocean likely reached its maximum extent for the year on March 17, the second lowest in the 39-year satellite record, falling just behind 2017.

Events

18 July 2018

Using Drones to Study Mountain Snow and Ice​​​​​​