National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center was established in 1976 at the University of Colorado, Boulder as an analog archive and information center, the World Data Center for Glaciology. As part of the Cooperative Institute of Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, NSIDC manages and distributes satellite, airborne and in situ data in support of research into our world’s frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth’s cryosphere.

NSIDC makes fundamental contributions to cryospheric science and excels in managing data and disseminating information in order to advance understanding of the Earth’s frozen regions. NSIDC works to ensure that past, present, and future science data remain accessible for studying the Earth and its climate.