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Scientific analysis of Arctic sea ice conditions plus daily images
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Working together to understand the changing Arctic system
Snow Today

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Scientific analysis of snow conditions in the Western United States plus daily images
The NASA DAAC at NSIDC

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NASA Earth science data on snow, ice, cryosphere, and climate
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Greenland Today

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Daily surface melt images from NASA data, and scientific analysis

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Scientists at Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the Arizona Geological Survey at the University of Arizona, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder have been awarded almost $2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a virtual reality teaching tool called Polar Explorer.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced this week their participation in the 50x30 Coalition, a group of governments and cryosphere and emissions research institutions endorsing the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030. The Coalition’s founding members endorse the scientific consensus that failure to reach this milestone will result in temperature “overshoot,” in which emissions remain too high to hold Earth within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels, leading to major and irreversible damages to the environment. Damage may be especially harmful for highly temperature-sensitive frozen components of the Earth system, with impacts ranging from sea level rise to infrastructure damage to food insecurity.

Arctic sea ice has likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.77 million square kilometers (5.70 million square miles) on March 21, 2021, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2021 maximum is tied with 2007 for seventh lowest in the 43-year satellite record. 

27 April 2021

With support from NASA, the NSIDC DAAC now offers an interactive tool called IceFlow that harmonizes and standardizes lidar data into a uniform format, allowing scientists to analyze significant changes within the cyrosphere.

11 March 2021

Since 2006, the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) program at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has worked with Indigenous organizations, community partners, and researchers across the Arctic to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange and use of Indigenous Knowledge and community-based observations of the Arctic. This year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for the program with a five-year collaborative award to ELOKA, Calista Education and Culture (CEC), the Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to continue their work with Indigenous partners. 

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The Latest on Snow and Ice

14 July 2021

As of July 13, Arctic sea ice extent was tracking just below the 2012 record and very close to... read more

7 July 2021

At the end of the first week of July, Arctic sea ice extent was tracking at record low for this... read more

26 June 2021

Surface melt and total melt-day area for the Greenland Ice Sheet at the end of the 2021 spring... read more

9 June 2021
Snow-covered area was well below average in May 2021. The number of snow cover days since October... read more
8 June 2021

A stormy May over the eastern Arctic helped to spread the sea ice pack out and keep temperatures... read more