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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.
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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

22 October 2018

After forty years, satellite data has made sea ice one of the most studied natural phenomena on Earth, revealing trends in sea ice extent, concentration, and thickness.

8 October 2018

September 2018 also ties with September 2008 for the sixth lowest September in the satellite record.

27 September 2018

Arctic sea ice has likely reached its 2018 annual minimum, dropping to 4.59 million square kilometers on September 19 and 23. Tied with 2008 and 2010, it is the sixth-lowest minimum in the nearly 40-year satellite record.

6 August 2018

NSIDC celebrates 25 years as a Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), archiving and distributing snow and ice data from NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) missions.

23 July 2018

In 2012, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the CHARIS project, or the Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice and Snow, at NSIDC and the University of Colorado Boulder. The project, which is coming to its end this September, has helped forecast the future availability of water resources in High Asia by assessing how glaciers and seasonal snow contribute to freshwater resources.

Events

14 November 2018

Advancing Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin for Improved Decision Making

The Latest from Arctic Sea Ice News

6 November 2018

Over the Pacific side of the Arctic, a pattern of unusual warmth noted in last month’s post continued. While sea ice extent in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas remains below average, extent remains... read more

8 October 2018

After starting the year with record lows in January and February, Arctic sea ice extent ended tied with 2008 for the sixth lowest average September extent in the satellite record. The 2018 minimum... read more