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Air temperature measurements show a clear trend of global climate warming during the last decades. The Arctic temperature has increased at almost twice the rate compared to that of the rest of the world over the same period. It has been internationally agreed that climate monitoring is urgently needed in order to quantify and better understand the climatic changes taking place.

The vision of the CryoClim initiative is to develop new operational services for long-term systematic climate monitoring of the cryosphere. The project includes plans for development of services for sea ice and snow products of global coverage and glacier products covering Norway. The project is also aiming for an expansion where the glaciers in the Alps are included.

The Data Portal

Provides search, view and download functionality for cryospheric climate products produced and delivered by the CryoClim network.

Current sub-services in the network:

  • Snow cover globally
  • Sea ice for the Arctic and Antarctica
  • Glaciers in mainland Norway
  • Glaciers in Svalbard
  • Greenland ice sheet

The CryoClim Network

The CryoClim service is based on an open network of cryospheric climate product producers and storage facilities.

The network nodes are linked and made available as a consolidated service through the Data Portal and through a web service machine interface.

The service is based on mandated organisations permanently updating the time series of data.

The CryoClim Project

The development of the CryoClim service has been funded and facilitated by the Norwegian Space Centre and the European Space Agency.

The service is a contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) following the monitoring principles recommended by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)

Recent Climate Change Observations

Monthly Greenland
surface type

Time series of sea ice extent
in the Arctic

Time series of glaciers in
Jotunheimen, Norway

Time series of Midtre Lovenbreen,
Svalbard, mass balance

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