The Cryosphere Focus Group encompasses the scientific study of the portion of the Earth’s surface where water is in a solid form; this includes ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, freshwater ice, snow, and frozen ground (or permafrost).

In AGU, the Cryosphere Focus Group has over 1000 members as their primary affiliation.

The Cryosphere focus group has established one award and one named lecture to recognize outstanding scientists who are in various stages of their career. Details about each honor are provided below.