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Welcome to the National Snow & Ice Data Center
Advancing knowledge of Earth's frozen regions since 1976

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Sea ice in all types of shapes
Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets
skiers drop in from a cliff in Silverton, Colorado
Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis
August 2, 2022
Unknowns lie ahead
The seasonal decline in Arctic sea ice extent from mid-July onward has proceeded at a near average pace. Extent is currently well below average, but above that observed for recent years. Extent is particularly low in the Laptev Sea sector, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new NSIDC.org! Our website now offers an even more intuitive and efficient interface to allow users from all different backgrounds to discover and analyze over 1400 data sets and gain expert-verified knowledge about the cryosphere.

Data management programs at NSIDC

A satellite view of Malaspina Glacier in Alaska
NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC)
Open access cryosphere and related geophysical data from NASA Earth-observing satellite missions, airborne campaigns, and field observations.
methane bubbles frozen in lake in Canada
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at NSIDC
A NOAA-funded program providing open access data from satellites, field instruments, weather stations, historical records, and rescued data.
Billy Adams observes the environment from the ice lead edge near Utqiaġvik, Alaska. This photo is part of an observation record in the AAOKH online database developed by ELOKA. Credit: Mette Kaufman
Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA): Data Curation for Indigenous Communities
Working with Indigenous communities in the Arctic to preserve and promote their data and knowledge for use in scientific studies.