IA 1: Integrated Climate Data Center (ICDC)

The Integrated Climate Data Center maintains a climate database for in situ and satellite data, which is provided online and on data servers. Visit our website to get more information about ICDC and our data sets:


Easy access to quality Earth Observations is an important prerequisite for Earth System research. Especially observational data are an asset to monitor and to better understand the current climate and to predict future climate. These data sets have to undergo a profound assessment in order to be useful for the scientific community. The value of such data increases once they are stored in a self explanatory, easy-to-use format and can be obtained from a data center which provides easy data access and expert support for users and data providers.

Our Tasks:

  • Easy access to high quality climate data
  • Provision and creation of unique data sets
  • Scientific user support
  • Quality control and enhancement of data sets



Latest ICDC Publications

  • Kern, S., Ozsoy-Çiçek, B., & Worby, A. P. (2016). Antarctic Sea-Ice Thickness Retrieval from ICESat: Inter-Comparison of Different Approaches. Remote Sensing, 8(7): 538. doi:10.3390/rs8070538.
  • Beitsch, A., Kern, S., & Kaleschke, L. (2015). Comparison of SSM/I and AMSR-E sea ice concentrations with ASPeCt ship observations around antarctica. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53: 6898841, pp. 1985-1996. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2014.2351497.
  • Kern, S., Khvorostovsky, K., Skourup, H., Rinne, E., Parsakhoo, Z. S., Djepa, V., Wadhams, P., & Sandven, S. (2015). The impact of snow depth, snow density and ice density on sea ice thickness retrieval from satellite radar altimetry: results from the ESA-CCI Sea Ice ECV Project Round Robin Exercise. The Cryosphere, 9, 37-52. doi:10.5194/tc-9-37-2015.
  • Kern, S., & Spreen, G. (2015). Uncertainties in Antarctic sea-ice thickness retrieval from ICESat. Annals of Glaciology, 56(69), 107-119. doi:10.3189/2015AoG69A736.
  • Tally, L. D., Koltermann, K., Gouretski, V., Jancke, K., Orsi, A., Whitworth III, T., Sparrow, M., Gould, W., & Schlitzer, R. (2014). Atlases give global snapshot of oceans in the 1990s. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 95, 101-103. doi:10.1002/2014EO120001.