National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

Roger Barry, The National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is an information and referral center supporting polar and cryospheric research. Through its Data Catalog, NSIDC archives and distributes digital and analog data on snow cover, avalanches, glaciers, ice sheets, freshwater ice, sea ice, ground ice, permafrost, atmospheric ice, paleoglaciology, and ice cores. Users may browse their entire data collection by subject or by title. (Users may also browse portions of NSIDC's Data Catalog by project name, collection method, or funding agency.) Beyond their data holdings, the Center also offers data management services for a number of scientific agencies and programs, provides data products (targeted for the science research community), publishes three periodicals, maintains a collection of monographs, technical reports, and journals, and compiles education resources and links for teachers and students. Educational resources include: Arctic Climatology and Meteorology Primer, State of the Cryosphere, Snow on the Web, All About Glaciers, Avalanche Awareness, Ice shelves and icebergs, a mapping and gridding primer, and COLDLinks, a list of links to external polar and cryospheric educational resources. NSIDC plays integral roles in numerous national and international projects for which cryospheric data are collected and distributed. NSIDC itself is part of the University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and is affiliated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) through a cooperative agreement.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Datasets and Tools:Datasets
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Observational Data
Science Background Required: Basic scientific background required
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water