World Glacier Inventory
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).
The following example shows how to cite the use of this data set in a publication. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.
WGMS, and NSIDC (comps.). 1999, updated 2012. World Glacier Inventory. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5/NSIDC-WGI-2012-02.