World Glacier Inventory

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Entry ID

G01130

Summary

The World Glacier Inventory (WGI) contains information for over 130,000 glaciers. Inventory parameters include geographic location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification. The WGI is based primarily on aerial photographs and maps with most glaciers having one data entry only. Hence, the dataset can be viewed as a snapshot of the glacier distribution in the second half of the 20th century. It is based on the original WGI (WGMS 1989) from the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS).

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 89.3°     S: -71.66°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: WGMS, and National Snow and Ice Data Center (comps.).
Dataset Title: World Glacier Inventory
Dataset Release Date: 1999-01-01updated 2012
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g01130.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5/NSIDC-WGI-2012-02

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1900-01-01
Stop Date: 2003-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT AFRICA
  • CONTINENT ANTARCTICA
  • CONTINENT ASIA
  • CONTINENT ASIA EASTERN ASIA CHINA
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA BHUTAN
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA NEPAL
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA PAKISTAN
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA TAJIKISTAN
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA UZBEKISTAN
  • CONTINENT ASIA WESTERN ASIA AZERBAIJAN
  • CONTINENT AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND
  • CONTINENT EUROPE
  • CONTINENT EUROPE EASTERN EUROPE RUSSIA
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE SCANDANAVIA NORWAY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE SCANDANAVIA SWEDEN
  • CONTINENT EUROPE SOUTHERN EUROPE ITALY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE FRANCE
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE GERMANY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE SWITZERLAND
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA CANADA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA CANADA NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA CANADA NUNAVUT
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA GREENLAND
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA MEXICO
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALASKA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CALIFORNIA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGIA
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA ARGENTINA
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA BOLIVIA
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA CHILE
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA ECUADOR
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA PERU
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION ARCTIC
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION EURASIA
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL LAND
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION POLAR
  • OCEAN INDIAN OCEAN INDONESIA

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers

Ancillary Keywords

  • glacier classification
  • glacier form
  • glacier size
  • Glacier Surface Ablation
  • location

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
  • Elevation
  • Geoscientific Information

Platform

  • AIRCRAFT
  • GROUND STATIONS
  • MAPS

Instrument

  • CAMERAS
  • VISUAL OBSERVATIONS

Quality

Data obtained from WGMS prior to 1999 were subjected to plausibility checks at WGMS while they were being loaded into the database in Zurich. Errors uncovered during the plausibility check were printed out and sent to the data collectors for review. The final accuracy of the data is the responsibility of the data collectors in the individual countries (Hoelzle and Trindler, 1998).

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 37 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

WGMS
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 41 44 635 5139 x
Email: wgms@geo.uzh.ch
Contact Address:

  • World Glacier Monitoring Service
  • Department of Geography, University of Zurich
  • Winterthurerstrasse 190

City: Zurich
Postal Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

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DIF Creation Date: 1999-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-06-19

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