The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), located at the Cooperative
Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of
Colorado at Boulder, supports research into our world's frozen realms:
the snow, ice, glacier, frozen ground, and climate interactions that
make up Earth's cryosphere. Scientific data, whether taken in the field
or relayed from satellites orbiting Earth, form the foundation for the
scientific research that informs the world about our planet and our climate
NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data
access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates
the public about the cryosphere.
NSIDC began in 1957 as an analog archive and information center—the
World Data Center (WDC) for Glaciology—to archive data and information
from the International Geophysical Year 1957-1958. Since then, NSIDC
has evolved to manage cryosphere-related data ranging from the smallest
text file to terabytes of remote sensing data from NASA’s Earth
Observing System satellite program. Today, we manage polar and cryospheric
data and conduct research under sponsorship from NASA, the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.
NSIDC archives data and makes hundreds of scientific data sets accessible
to researchers around the world. Our data managers and scientific programmers
work in teams with our in-house researchers, who specialize in frozen
ground, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice, and snow. These teams in turn
work closely with data providers and data users to understand their needs
and offer documentation, tools, and formats that support their research.
We also ensure that data and related information are continually preserved
and will be accessible for the longer term, so that researchers can study
climate change over long periods. Together these practices ensure the
physical and scientific integrity of the data we manage and disseminate.
During the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009, NSIDC will participate
in IPY research and support researchers with leading-edge data management
practices and services, ensuring the legacy of IPY research and resulting
data into the future.
For more information
To access our data, please see Data Products
and Services. See Research Projects to
learn more about our scientific research. To learn about our
participation in IPY, see IPY at NSIDC.