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Icelights: Answers to your burning questions about ice and climate
What's hot in the news around climate and sea ice and what are scientists talking about now? Read more...
What is the Cryosphere?
When scientists talk about the cryosphere, they mean the places on Earth where water is in its solid form, frozen into ice or snow. Read more ...
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NSIDC's World Glacier Inventory contains information for thousands of glaciers, including parameters such as location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification of morphological type and moraines. You can also visit the Advanced Data Search page to search NSIDC's online data catalog (use the search term "glaciers").
The Glacier Photo Collection includes thousands of photos, primarily of Alaskan glaciers, but also of glaciers in the continental United States, Canada, Europe, South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Greenland.
Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) is an international project tasked with surveying a majority of the world's 160,000 glaciers. See GLIMS Data at NSIDC.
Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Web site contains background material on Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) events in Norway, as well as information about recent GLOFs in Norway.
Global Glacier Changes: facts and figures: This 2008 report, compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme, includes data on global and regional glacier changes.
The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate's (NVE) Web site provides mass balance measurements for glaciers in Norway, glacier length change observations, a remotely sensed glacier inventory, a subglacial observatory, and a database of glacier hazards.
Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World is provided by the USGS Global Change Research Program.
The World Glacier Monitoring Service compiles and publishes information about glacier fluctuations across the globe.
NSIDC's Glacier Glossary - Search and browse terms related to glaciers in NSIDC's comprehensive cryospheric glossary.
NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection - NSIDC archives a Glacier Photograph Collection of historical photos, which includes both aerial and terrestrial photos for the 1880s to 1975. The photos are primarily of Alaskan glaciers, but coverage also includes the Pacific Northwest and Europe.