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Across the globe, snow and ice play a vital role in regulating Earth’s climate and providing freshwater resources to people, plants, and animals.

As Earth’s frozen regions change rapidly, NSIDC is committed to growing its research and open access data to better understand these changes. Read about NSIDC research and its contribution to science and policy making. Check out spotlights on how to use NSIDC data, tools, and resources. Learn about how we steward data and collaborate with scientists and organizations across the world to understand how the frozen parts of Earth affect the rest of the planet and impact society.

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Vladimir Kolesov rests inside the Reindeer Brigade 4 camp
In the summer of 2022, a sixth module with videos, the Evenki Visual Histories, was added to the existing Evenki Atlas—the first online cultural atlas of Indigenous Knowledge from Siberia, Russia.
Thirty-four data sets from the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), and Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite/Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (ICESat/GLAS) collections are now available in the NASA Earthdata Cloud environment
Light reflects off Arctic sea ice.
Arctic sea ice has likely reached its minimum extent for the year at 4.67 million square kilometers (1.80 million square miles) on September 18, 2022, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of
A photograph of the edge of an ice shelf in Antarctica
Welcome to the new! Our website now offers an even more intuitive and efficient interface to allow users from all different backgrounds to discover and analyze over 1400 data sets and gain expert-verified knowledge about the cryosphere.