Rock glaciers, Upper Engadin, Switzerland

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Entry ID

GGD288

Summary

The investigated region is called Upper Engadin and is situated in the Eastern part of the Swiss Alps. The area is characterized by a high situated valley floor with an average altitude of 1700 m asl. This valley has a very smooth slope in the direction from SW to NE and is characterized by the river Inn and some larger lakes (Lake Sils, Lake Silvaplana, Lake Champfer and Lake St. Moritz). At upper most part the valley breaks sharply down to the valley of the Maira river in the Bergell mountains. There were mapped three categories of rock glaciers. 1) 97 active rock glaciers, 2) 47 inactive rock glaciers and 3) 26 fossil or relict rock glaciers. The mapping was performed with infrared aerial photographs taken by the Swiss Federal Office of Cadastral Surveys (Vermessungsdirektion). The scale of the photographs is around 1 to 52000. The data are described in Hoelzle (1989, unpublished). The following parameters of each rock glacier were measured. Front elevation [m asl], source elevation [m asl], length [m], width [m], front exposition, source exposition, and coordinates [Swiss national system]. These data are presented on the CAPS Version 1.0 CD-ROM, June 1998.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 46.55°     S: 46.367°     E: 9.967°     W: 9.733°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Hoelzle, M
Dataset Title: Rock glaciers, Upper Engadin, Switzerland
Dataset Release Date: 1998-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/ggd288.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1988-07-01
Stop Date: 1988-07-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE SWITZERLAND UPPER ENGADIN, EASTERN SWISS ALPS

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers

Ancillary Keywords

  • Mapping
  • Remote Sensing
  • Rock Glaciers
  • Topographic Survey

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

Frozen Ground Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/fgdc/

Data Center Personnel

Name: FGDC 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 Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

Martin Hoelzle
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 41 1 635 5139
Fax: 41 4 635 6848
Email: hoelzle@geo.unizh.ch
Contact Address:

  • University of Zurich
  • Department of Geography, Physical Geography Division
  • Winterthurerstr. 190

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

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 1998-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-08-29

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