Survival mode: Adaptability of phytoplankton in the changing Arctic Ocean

A team of researchers use sea ice concentration data at NSIDC to catch another massive phytoplankton bloom under thick Arctic sea ice in the Chukchi Sea.


Bering witness: Alaskan Elders give voice to the NOAA Arctic Report Card

Indigenous Elders share their observations of a changing climate and its environmental impacts in Nome, Alaska, to include the first Indigenous perspective into the 2019 NOAA Arctic Report Card, released at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on December 10, 2019.


Gorner Glacier near Zermatt

Seeking the world’s largest glaciers

What defines a glacier? What are the world’s three largest glaciers? What are the largest glaciers in each region of the world? When NSIDC’s Ann Windnagel began investigating these questions, she found they were not as straightforward as she was expecting.


The project team traveling by skidoo and qamutiik (sled) to visit weather stations. Esa often hunts along the way, successfully catching seals on this outing (seen on the back of the sled). These trips are learning experiences for the team in more ways than just weather.

‘Those who work with weather’: Inuit and visiting scientists collaborate for better weather information

In 2009, Shari Fox of NSIDC, along with hunters, Elders, and research partners in Clyde River, created the Silalirijiit Project, linking Inuit knowledge with climate science and environmental modeling to better understand how weather patterns are changing in the Clyde River area.