The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) supports research into the world's frozen realms: the snow, ice, glacier, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth's cryosphere. Scientific data, whether taken in the field or relayed from satellites orbiting Earth, form the foundation for the scientific research that informs the world about our planet and our climate systems.
NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.
NSIDC has been a leader in the field of cryospheric data management since 1976; it is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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