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Atlas of the Cryosphere
The Atlas of the Cryosphere allows visitors to explore and dynamically map the Earth's frozen regions. Viewed from a polar perspective, the available scenes include snow cover, sea ice extent and concentration, glaciers, permafrost, and other critical components of the Earth's cryosphere. Users can zoom in to a specific region on the Earth and overlay country borders, major cities, and other geographic information. The atlas also allows users to save custom maps for use as images in other documents and to view monthly climatologies to see how and where the cryosphere shrinks and grows over the course of a year.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • Modeled
  • Cryology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Users may download and use any imagery or text from our web site unless it is specifically stated that the information has limitations for its use. We ask that the use of any imagery, text, or data accessed from NSIDC's web site be credited as having been provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-070
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)