Science at NSIDC

NSIDC Director

Mark Serreze researches Arctic climate and climate warming. He became NSIDC director in 2009.

Lead Scientist

Ted Scambos studies Antarctic glaciology, and is currently investigating environmental change along the Antarctic Peninsula.

On Thin Ice

Researchers working with the Larsen Ice Shelf System, Antarctica (LARISSA) Project are trying to understand the environmental consequences of ice shelf breakups. Read their field work blog


Scientists at NSIDC specialize in Earth's frozen regions. They also create scientific data sets, and use and advise on the data products that NSIDC offers, helping us better serve our research communities.

Sea ice melt graphicResearch Projects

Our scientists participate in research projects that investigate the dynamics of polar sea ice and climate, snow, glaciers, frozen ground, river and lake ice, how changing climate is affecting indigenous people living in the Arctic, remote sensing, and more.

Sea ice melt graphicScientific Publications

NSIDC researchers contribute to the world's cryospheric knowledge base. This section of our site provides links to current and past publications by scientists who call NSIDC home.

Sea ice melt graphicNSIDC Scientific Expeditions

NSIDC scientists travel to Antarctica, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, and the Arctic tundra to conduct field work in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.

See Also

Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

NSIDC Scientists in the Field

Larsen B Ice Shelf Breakup

State of the Cryosphere

Related Resources

The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) provides data management and user support to collect, preserve, and share local observations and knowledge of the Arctic.

A Tour of the Cryosphere