NASA has awarded the University of Colorado Boulder a $42 million contract to operate its center that collects and distributes information about frozen ground and ice covered portions of the Earth's surface.

The facility is called the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center. The contract begins Aug. 1 and runs through May 31, 2014, with the possibility of four one-year extensions.

CU will provide services in areas such as product generation, data and information management. Most of the work will be done at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder. The center supports research into snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth's cryosphere.

In recent years, scientists from the snow and ice center have led research projects around the world, including to Antartica, Greenland and the Arctic Ocean.



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