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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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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.
This NASA Blue Marble image shows Arctic sea ice extent on March 24, 2016
Arctic sea ice has likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.88 million square kilometers (5.75 million square miles) on February 25, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado