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National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado is doing research on the impact of global warming using the Versant Object Database to store and retrieve data.


Processing billions of time-series information in real-time, NSIDC enables a time-centric change analysis of data about the Greenland ice sheet. Using a relational database was completely impractical due to the large size of the data sets and required response time.


The pure-object Versant Database Engine proved the ideal solution. It combines the flexibility to store arbitrarily complex data objects combined with true database management systems functionality: persistence, distribution, integrity, concurrency, and recovery.


A web-based interface will allow full access, queries, filtering, analysis, and data downloads. The Versant database provides features specifically designed for such the real-time, high scalability requirements.


The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. NSIDC supports research into our world's frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth's cryosphere. Scientific data, whether taken in the field or relayed from satellites orbiting Earth, form the foundation for the scientific research that informs the world about our planet and our climate systems.

NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.