National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC (NSIDC DAAC)

Disciplines: Snow, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, ice shelves, frozen ground, soil moisture, cryosphere, climate interactions
Ice Velocity derived from IceBridge and other data.

NASA's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) provides data and information for snow and ice processes, particularly interactions among snow, ice, atmosphere, and ocean, in support of research in global change detection and model validation.

NSIDC DAAC archives and distributes cryosphere and climate-related products from several EOS sensors including:

  • Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSR-E)
  • AMSR2
  • Aquarius
  • Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO)
  • Cold Land Processes Field Experiment (CLPX)
  • Global Land Ice Measurements (GLIMS)
  • IceBridge
  • ICESat/Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS)
  • Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)
  • Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR)
  • Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I)
  • Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS)
  • Snow Experiment (SnowEX)
  • Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

NSIDC DAAC also provides general data and information services to the cryospheric and polar processes research community. NSIDC DAAC is located in Boulder, CO. NSIDC DAAC has served at the forefront of cryospheric data management practices since 1976. NSIDC DAAC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a joint institute of University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Snow and Ice Data

Data orders may be placed at NSIDC DAAC through Earthdata Search or the Programmatic Data Access Guide. Users may also access information about NSIDC DAAC data holdings through the NSIDC Search on NSIDC DAAC’s web site. NSIDC DAAC data products are available by HTTPS.

Contact Information

Amanda Leon, DAAC Manager
Kate Heightley, Deputy DAAC Manager
Walt Meier, DAAC Scientist
Chris Bond, DAAC System Engineer
Lisa Booker, User Services

CIRES Campus Box 449
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0449


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