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This glossary provides definitions of terms necessary to understand the modern glacier environment. Terms are listed in alphabetical order and are accompanied by photographs. A separate section provides definitions of each type, accompanied by a photograph of an example. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Glossary
Subject: Cryology
 
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The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has made a select set of images viewable through the popular interactive desktop application, Google Earth. Users can choose from a set of data-based images (KMZ and KML files) and display them on a virtual globe. Featured datasets include changes in glaciers, the Larsen B ice shelf, and Arctic sea ice extent from 1979-2006, breakup of the Larsen B ice ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Cryology
 
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This video segment, adapted from a NOVA broadcast, shows how the members of an Antarctic research team cope with the inhospitable climate and other environmental hazards during their stay. The segment is five minutes four seconds in length. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video
Subject: Cryology
 
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This video segment, adapted from a NOVA broadcast, shows a team of glaciologists carving into a glacier on the East Sheet of Antarctica to monitor the nature and speed of its movement. The segment is three minutes thirty-three seconds in length. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video
Subject: Cryology
 
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Lessons plans on polar science activities for use in K-8 classroom are available on this website. Topics are Sea Level Change, Glacial Dynamics, Water Properties, Icebergs, and Global Warming. Each plan includes activity time, materials, background, directions, discussion, extension, related activities and vocabulary. These plans align to National and Kansas science standards. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Cryology
 
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This video shows the retreat of the Laurentide ice sheet that covered much of North America from 18,000 to 8,000 years ago. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Video, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Cryology, Geologic time
 
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Climatologists know that the measure of the world's ice, in all its many dimensions and forms, is a measure of current conditions as well as of those frozen over time. These pages present a summary of cryospheric and related indicators of global climate trends including: temperature change over the past century, trends in hemispheric snow extent, trends in hemispheric sea ice extent, glacier melt, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Climatology, Cryology
 
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The U.S. ice coring community has, in concert with its international partners, made remarkable strides to advance in the understanding of global change. This document was assembled by the Ice Core Working Group (ICWG), and provides a synthesis of the global change lessons learned thus far, and the requirements and plans for solving new global change questions utilizing future ice coring activities. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Climatology, Cryology
 
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This is the homepage of avalanche.org, a network designed for the professional avalanche community, that also features a wealth of information for anyone interested in avalanches and wintertime mountain weather. Materials include accident reports and statistics, a guide to avalanche observation and terminology, and links to online tutorials and training information for professionals. There are also ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Non-profit portal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Cryology, Natural hazards
 
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This site is the Polar Meteorology module of the Naval Postgraduate School. The site contains five main sections; each of which is stand-alone. The first section is General Information. The second section is Vessel Icing, which contains a comprehensive presentation of the effects, causes, prediction methods and mitigation procedures for icing of vessels by sea spray. The third section is Climate, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Module / Unit, Photograph, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Climatology, Cryology
 
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