Visualize NSIDC data in a particular region or explore various geophysical measurements of the cryosphere with the featured tools below. These tools are very popular among scientists, journalists, policymakers, and the general public alike, as they offer the best way to observe just some of the information that can be gained from the use of NSIDC data – without having to access, download and analyze data yourself.
Explore and visualize Earth data
Snow Today: daily images & analysis
See daily images of snow data including snow cover, snow albedo (snow brightness), snow radiative forcing, and snow water equivalent (SWE). Also read analyses of snow trends across the current season and between seasons.
Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis
See daily images of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent and concentration. Also read analyses of sea ice trends over time.
Greenland & Antarctic Ice Sheets Today: daily images & analysis
See daily satellite images and information about melting on the polar ice sheets. Also read analyses about how these ice sheets are changing over time.
Sea Ice Index Daily and Monthly Image Viewer
See daily and monthly images of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent and concentration. You can also compare trends and anomalies, and create animations.
MASIE-NH Daily Image Viewer for Arctic Sea Ice Extent
See data images of where sea ice is today across the Arctic and by region, we well as how the data compare to the last four years.
Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph
Select and dynamically graph Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent over months and years with this easy-to-use web interface.
Browse Image Subset Tool (BIST) for sea ice
Browse data images from five different NOAA@NSIDC Arctic sea ice products and quickly compare different time periods and regions in a tabular view.
Satellite Observations of Arctic Change (SOAC)
Explore interactive maps to see how surface air temperatures, sea ice extent and age, snow cover, frozen ground, atmospheric water vapor, and vegetation greenness have changed over time.
This NASA tool can be used to interactively browse and download full-resolution, global satellite imagery from over 1000 NASA data products including NSIDC DAAC data.
Glacier Photograph Collection
Explore an online, searchable collection of photographs of glaciers, mostly taken in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Greenland. Dates of the photos range from the mid-1800s to the present.
Images of Antarctic Ice Shelves
Browse images derived from NASA's AVHRR thermal data and MODIS Level-1B data that show changes in the extent and stability of Antarctic ice shelves over time.
Dehn Ice Charts Database
This collection of charts depicts ice conditions in the seas off Alaska and western Canadian coasts. Browse the thumbnail images first and then use an FTP client to download images.
Google Earth Activites
Download featured Google Earth files and explore the cryosphere through NSIDC image data on a virtual globe in Google Earth.
More ice sheet analysis tools
Visit NSIDC's Greenland Today site to explore more interactive tools to analyze and visualize ice sheet data.
More sea ice analysis tools
Visit NSIDC's Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis site to explore more sea ice analysis tools