Explore Earth's frozen places in various collections of photographs and images from the NSIDC archives.

Browse through photographs from field research trips, see images captured by satellites of the changing cryosphere, and download photos and images.


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Use and credits of photographs and satellite images

You may download and use photographs and satellite imagery on this site free of charge, with proper credit. Photos and imagery may have different copyright restrictions and credits. Unless otherwise specified, you may use our photographs and imagery for commercial purposes; however, you may not re-sell them.

Crediting photographs and images:

  • General credit format: "Image/photo courtesy of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder."
  • When a photographer is named: "Photo courtesy T. Scambos/National Snow and Ice Data Center"
  • Satellite image: Please credit the agency and satellite instrument. Example: "Imagery from the NASA MODIS instrument, courtesy NASA NSIDC DAAC."

Some photographs and images may specify other credits. These credits are provided at the point of download.

If you need additional help, please contact NSIDC User Services.