The IGOS Cryosphere Theme was a combined initiative of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). The Theme created a framework for improved coordination of cryospheric observations for the purpose of a more comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated cryosphere observing system. One of its goals was to facilitate the flow of data and information in cryospheric research, long-term scientific monitoring, and operational applications. The IGOS Cryosphere Theme report was published in 2007.
The IGOS Partnership was dissolved in 2008 with the intention that the IGOS themes would be transitioned into the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) framework. Many recommendations of the Cryosphere Theme will be implemented by the WMO Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW).