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General polar and glaciological resources

General polar and glaciological resources

Alfred Wegener Institute - Data | Scientific Products | Information Systems Datasets and publications relating to Earth and Environmental Sciences – in particular, Arctic, Antarctic, and high and mid latitude oceans.
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) International and interdisciplinary organisation for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.
Byrd Polar Research Center Information, news and comprehensive links from the polar and alpine research centre, based at the Ohio State University.
Cambridge Quaternary Semi-informal University of Cambridge research group of people studying the Quaternary (the last 2.6 million years of geological time). Includes representatives from the departments of Geography, Plant Sciences, Earth Sciences, Archaeology and Zoology. Research areas include palaeooceanography, archaeology, geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeobotany, dendrochronology, micropalaeontology and palaeoecology.
C-CORE Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Cold Regions Bibliography Project Collection of bibliographical databases relating to polar regions.
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Run by the US Army Corps of Engineers, with the aim of advancing and applying science and engineering to complex environments (in particular the polar regions), materials, and processes.
Division of Polar Programs Manages and initiates National Science Foundation funding for basic research and its operational support in the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Glacier Photograph Collection Searchable collection of glacier photographs, mostly from the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Greenland (provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center).
Institut Polaire Fran├žais Paul-Emile Victor Major French scientific institute promoting, and providing resources for Arctic and Antarctic research. Includes research papers and publications, mainly in French with English abstracts.
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research Research institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
International Permafrost Association Organisation that aims to foster the dissemination of knowledge concerning permafrost and to promote international cooperation in scientific investigation and engineering work on permafrost.
International Whaling Commission Intergovernmental organisation tasked with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. Based at Histon, Cambridge.
IPY (International Polar Year) Large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic between March 2007 and March 2009. Website includes data, research proposals, news, plans, RSS feeds and blogs.
National Institute of Polar Research Japan's key institution for scientific research and observation in polar regions.
National Maritime Museum In Greenwich, London; has an extensive section on polar exploration.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Agency of the United States Department of Commerce. Research areas include meteorology, fisheries management, coastal restoration and marine commerce.
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Information and referral centre in support of polar and cryospheric research, based at the University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Provides snow and ice datasets.
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Ministry of the Environment Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar environmental management and is the official environmental management body for Norway's Antarctic territorial claims.
PANGAEA Publishing Network for Geoscientific and Environmental data. Large collection of datasets.
Polar Ocean Physics Group Research group based at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Studies the mechanisms by which physical processes occurring in the polar seas affect the global climate and global climatic change, and the nature and magnitude of the changes that are taking place.
Polar Research Board Provides independent scientific guidance on science issues in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and cold regions in general. Part of the USA's National Academy of Sciences.
Polar Research at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Geoscientists at Germany's BGR (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources) investigate the geological and structural edifice of the Polar Regions, including the application of geophysical methods in unexposed areas.
Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington Interdisciplinary research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.
Polar Web A collaborative project of the Polar Libraries Colloquy (no longer updated).
Polar Worlds Online magazine of subjects relating to polar regions (last updated in 2012).
Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic Largest polar exploration museum in the world. Collections include archaeological finds and relics relating to the history of exploration of the Northern Sea Route.
UK Polar Network (UKPN) UK branch of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
United Nations Environment Programme Provides information and implements global environmental strategy.
The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) Provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services to help decision makers learn about the value of biodiversity and apply this knowledge. Based at Huntingdon Road, Cambridge.

International websites of interest