The Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN) and the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) have been developed over the past two decades through collaborative partnerships between the University of Waterloo and numerous government, university, and private organizations to provide the data and information management infrastructure for the Canadian cryospheric community. Read more


Bulletin Board

  • April 2016: Check out the new Sea and Lake Ice Visualization Tool. It animates and graphs sea and lake ice thickness data from Canada's Arctic, collected through the Ice Thickness Program at the Canadian Ice Service of Environment Canada.
  • April 2016: The new PDC Map Viewer has been launched, showing beautiful graphic displays of oceanic data from CTD and mooring observations in the Arctic Ocean. Please check it out and let us know what you think!
  • Read past bulletin board posts

Data Visualizations

  Click on an image to view one of the five visualizations used throughout the CCIN website or the Map Viewer featured in the PDC Search.
Snow Water Equivalent
Historical SWE
Sea Ice Thicknesses
Lake Ice Cover
Historic Lake Ice Cover
Map Viewer Application
Snow Water Equivalent Visualization Historical Snow Water Equivalent Visualization Sea Ice Thickness Visualization Lake Ice Cover Visualization Historical Lake Ice Cover Visualization Map Viewer Visualization Tool

Tools & Resources

Polar Data Catalogue Search

Polar Data Search

Data and metadata from the Arctic and Antarctic

PDCLite Search

PDCLite Search

PDC Search for low bandwidth connections

Polar Data Catalogue Metadata and Data Input Portal

PDC Data Input Portal

Data and metadata repository for registered users

Canadian Cryosphere Watch

Canadian Cryosphere Watch

Information on Canada's snow and ice


Social Media

Fun and Games

Kid' Section

  Kids' Section

  Games and learning for kids



For higher resolution images visit the
Polar Data Catalogue

Polar Data Catalogue

  Metadata, Data, and Satellite Imagery from the North and South Polar Regions
Polar Data Catalogue Link