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Advancing knowledge of Earth's frozen regions

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

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.

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.

Events

24 October 2018

From the Arctic to the Antarctic (and the Andes in between): a latitudinal study of light absorbing impurities in snow in 2018