National Polar Data Center (NPDC) is an authoritative platform for managing and sharing data of Indian Polar Research. It covers data from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including oceanography, glaciology, resources and environmental science, biology & ecology, atmospheric science, etc. It has become a nodal centre of "India's Data-sharing Network of Earth System Science".
The Indian Scientific Expeditions to Antarctic and Arctic have been successfully conducting various studies on glaciers, snow and ice. The Southern Ocean Expeditions generate data pertaining to physical, chemical and biological oceanography. The metadata pertaining to these studies will form part of the Data Portal. In addition, the NPDC will also host atmospheric data from Arctic, Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
The main purpose of the NPDC is to facilitate sharing of polar data and information to the scientific community. It would enable the users to locate and obtain access to all aspects of Polar Science, thereby creating India's NPDC for scientific research in and about Polar regions.