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WDC for Glaciology, Boulder

Facilitating the international exchange of snow and ice data

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About WDC at Boulder

The World Data Center (WDC) for Glaciology, Boulder is maintained at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The World Data Center system was established as part of the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958). WDCs conduct international data exchanges in accordance with the principles set forth by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) through the ICSU Panel on World Data Centers. As one of more than 40 WDCs around the world that are collecting, archiving, and distributing geophysical data, the World Data Center for Glaciology provides a focus for snow and ice information services.

WDC for Glaciology, Boulder receives support through a cooperative agreement between the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and is affiliated with the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC). Data sets cover the subject areas of glaciers, avalanches, snow cover, polar ice masses, ice cores, sea ice, and fresh water ice. In addition, the WDC includes extensive library holdings.


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International Polar Year Data and Information Service (IPYDIS)
The National Snow and Ice Data Center acts as a coordination office for the IPYDIS to ensure the long-term preservation of broad, interdisciplinary, and non-expert access to IPY data.
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