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National Snow and Ice Data Center DLESE Reviewed Collection
NSIDC offers data and information about the cryosphere; that portion of the Earth where water is in solid form, typically snow or ice. Topics include snow, glaciers, permafrost, sea ice, news and features, and others. The State of the Cryosphere section provides an overview of the status of snow and ice as indicators of climate change. An image and photo gallery provides historic photographs and satellite imagery of cryospheric conditions in both the Arctic and Antarctica.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Photograph
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Remotely sensed
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Cryology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
We request that users of NSIDC data cite the use of our data in their work. Please note that we prefer that users include a citation in the references section of the publication. While we appreciate acknowledgement within the text of the publication, we are better able to track the use of our data sets if citations are included as references. Appropriate citations are displayed on the catalog pages for many of our data sets. If you would like to cite data for which a citation is not provided, please contact NSIDC User Services for help in citing the data.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-086
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Dr Roger G. Barry
The National Snow and Ice Data Center