FGDC Overview

The Frozen Ground Data Center (FGDC) at NSIDC produced a five-year compilation of permafrost and frozen ground-related data and information products. Although the official FGDC program ended in 2004, the data remain available in the NSIDC data catalog at a basic level of service.

FGDC program highlights

From 2000 to 2004, NSIDC, in collaboration with the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), served as a central node of the International Permafrost Association’s Global Geocryological Data (GGD). The GGD is an internationally distributed system linking investigators and data centers around the world. During this time, NSIDC developed and managed the FGDC which facilitated the operation of the GGD by collecting and distributing data and metadata describing permafrost and frozen ground related data.

The FGDC was funded with a sub-award through the University of Alaska CU-1541021; Permafrost Data Center; June 15, 2000 - April 8, 2004; (NSF Cooperative Agreement OPP 002239)