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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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Network of Glacier Sites, Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)
The Canadian Glacier Inventory Project is an effort being developed by a student in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The North Cascade Glacier Climate Project has observed glaciers in the North Cascades of Washington for 20 years. Annual balance is measured on 10 glaciers, and bi-annual terminus surveys are completed on 47 glaciers to determine the response of these glaciers to climate change.
The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate's Svartisen Subglacial Laboratory supports a variety of projects for measuring subglacial parameters and performing experiments on the ice.
Program in Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA), a NASA project at the University of Colorado at Boulder to assess the application of airborne laser altimetry to measurements of ice-sheet thickness changes, with the primary goal of measuring and understanding the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet.
AntarcticGlaciers.org explains the science of Antarctic glaciology.
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.