Arctic System Science Data Coordination Center

Data Center Description
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Arctic System Science
(ARCSS) Program is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding
polar processes for climate and global change. ARCSS is the only
element of the U.S. Global Change Research Program specifically
concerned with the arctic region. By focusing on understanding
Arctic processes in great detail, investigators are better able
to characterize global changes through the improvement of
global-scale models and other research tools. The ARCSS Data
Coordination Center (ADCC) at the National Snow and Ice Data
Center (NSIDC), USA, is funded by NSF to archive and disseminate
data and information generated from the ARCSS program.

A major concern of the arctic research community is the
availability of reliable data for research. The ADCC, while
working with ARCSS investigators, the ARCSS Committee, Science
Management Offices and NSF, is continually acquiring data and
developing data products appropriate and useful for the research
community. Integrating data and information from among the ARCSS
ocean-based, land-based, ice core, paleoclimate and human
dimension communities is a high priority at the ADCC. Many of
the data sets available at the ADCC are directly applicable to
studies within the Arctic (river runoff, landforms, vegetation
cover, vegetation type, ice and snow accumulation, temperature,
precipitation, ice cores, etc.). The ADCC also maintains a
complete backup of the entire ARCSS archive to ensure data and
information collected from the program are available on a
long-term basis.

The ADCC strives to provide the most contemporary means of data
accessibility to the scientific community. This ARCSS Web site
has become an important tool for data accessibility and
integration within ARCSS. It is currently accessed by
investigators of varying disciplines in more than 40 countries
worldwide. Data and information are also distributed on other
media (CD-ROMs, disks, data catalogs, etc.) when appropriate.

We work with other national and international data centers so as
to provide optimum accessibility to data and information from
the ARCSS archive. We also regularly attend both ARCSS and
non-ARCSS scientific meetings to ensure that investigators,
regardless of the discipline, are aware of the products and
services we provide at the ADCC and NSIDC to assist them in
their research needs.

Through these endeavors the ADCC strives to be a catalyst for
system science and integration within ARCSS, as well as being a
part of NSIDC - the definitive source for arctic data and


[Summary provided by the NSIDC]