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Two global cryospheric data products are now available in digital form: the Circum-Arctic Map of Permafrost and Ground-ice Conditions and the Circumpolar Active Layer System (CAPS) CD-ROM.

Both products are the result of multinational projects of the International Permafrost Association (IPA), a program supported at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) over the past 5 years with a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The digital data should prove useful for global climate change models and polar and mountain research and contribute to the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.