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.


Charting sea ice decline: The rise of Charctic

Chartic, a data visiualization tool, charts sea ice loss using satellite data and helps users better understand what is happening in remote parts of our planet.


A Chinoook salmon swims in a river

Running against time: Forecasting Chinook salmon runs on the Yukon River

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 the Bering Sea, where one of the greatest migrations on Earth begins.