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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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A photograph of the edge of an ice shelf in Antarctica
Welcome to the new NSIDC.org! 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.
Graphic of measurements of Earth's surface in a region of icebergs and glaciers
The NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) archives and manages data from the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2). Here is a snapshot of the ICESat-2 mission and its data.