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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.


Working together to understand the changing Arctic system.

Satellite Observations of the Arctic

Mapping decades of NASA scientific data.


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.


12 August 2019

Sea ice data from NSIDC helps the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast the arrival of Chinook salmon at mouth of the Yukon River in Bering Sea, where one of the greatest migrations on Earth begins.

11 July 2019

NSIDC research scientist Twila Moon testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology today. Moon offered her expertise on the Greenland Ice Sheet during a hearing entitled “Earth’s Thermometers: Glacial and Ice Sheet Melt in a Changing Climate."

18 June 2019

Glaciologist and PhD student Tasha Snow recently joined the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) a two-month scientific expedition to one of the most unstable glaciers in the world: Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. Here, she shares her story. 

12 June 2019

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has selected four NSIDC data sets to help assess the state of the cyrosphere in a global changing climate.

28 May 2019

The NSIDC DAAC has published the first data sets collected by NASA's ICESat-2 mission.


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The Latest on Snow and Ice

15 August 2019

At mid-month, Arctic sea ice extent is tracking close to 2012, the year with the lowest minimum in the satellite record. Sea ice volume is also tracking at low levels. Smoke from Siberian... read more

6 August 2019

Arctic sea ice extent in July tracked at record low levels for multiple individual days and for the month as a whole. During the second half of the month, air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean... read more

6 August 2019

Warm air from Europe’s heat wave reached Greenland on July 29 and 30, setting temperature records at Summit Station and melting about 90 percent of the ice sheet surface from July 30 to... read more

16 July 2019

Loss of ice extent through the first half of July matched loss rates observed in 2012, the year which had the lowest September sea ice extent in the satellite record. Surface melt has become... read more