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This data set consists of glacier regime parameters observed between 1945 and 2003. Data include annual mass balances, ablation, accumulation, and equilibrium-line altitude of mountain and subpolar glaciers outside the two major ice sheets. All available sources of information, such as publications, archived data, and personal communications have been collected, and include time series of about 280 glaciers. Data have been digitized and quality checked. The data are available on CD-ROM from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) when a hardcopy of INSTAAR Occasional Paper #55 is ordered, and by FTP from NSIDC.
NSIDC strongly encourages you to register as a user of this data product. As a registered user, you will be notified of updates and corrections. When registering, please include the title of this data set, INSTAAR Occasional Paper #55 Glacier Mass Balance and Regime: Data of Measurements and Analysis.
As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.
Dyurgerov, M. 2002, updated 2005. Glacier mass balance and regime measurements and analysis, 1945-2003, edited by M. Meier and R. Armstrong. Boulder, CO: Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado. Distributed by National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO. http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N52N506F
Microsoft Excel files, and PDF
largest file is 1.2 MB
mass balance, ablation, accumulation, and equilibrium-line altitude
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This study was supported by a State Department Grant to M. Dyurgerov in 1993-94; and NSF Grants OPP-9530782, OPP-9634289 to M. Meier, M. Dyurgerov, R. Armstrong and J. Dwyer in 1996-2000. The final stage of this work has been supported by NSF Grant BCS-0099236. The authors are very thankful to many of their colleagues all over the world for sending additional data, in particular to: L. Andreassen, H. Björnsson, L. Braun, T. Chinn, G.Cogley, H. Conway, A. Fountain, M. Funk, J.-O. Hagen, S. Hastenrath, P. Jansson, V. Konovalov, R. Koerner, R. Krimmel, M. Kuhn, V. Kuzmichenok, A. Marcus, R. Martines Costa, M. Miller, Yu. Narozhniy, G. Østrem, M. Pelto, F. Pertziger, V. Popovnin, L. A. Rasmussen, O. Reinwarth, O. Sigurdsson, V. Uvarov, and Zichu Xie. The investigator thanks Carissa Carter for assistance in preparation of the final version for publication and also wishes to thank Graham Cogley, Simon Ommanney, Bruce Raup and Mary Jo Brodzik for their comments and data verification.
Data are in Microsoft Excel format, and also provided in PDF
The following files are found on the FTP site:
Occasional_Paper55/ appendix_1.xls appendix_2.xls appendix_3.xls appendix_4.xls instaar_occasional_paper_no55.pdf Supplement2005/ App1_Supplement2005.doc App2_Supplement2005.xls App3_Supplement2005.xls App4_Supplement2005.xls App5_Supplement2005.xls App5_Supplement2005.xls SupplementPaper2005.doc SupplementPaper2005.pdf ReadMeFirst.txt
An explanation of the appendix data is included in the pdf file, beginning on p. 91.
Largest file is 1.2 MB.
Coverage is worldwide.
Observational data cover the period 1945 to 2003.
Mass balance, ablation, accumulation, and equilibrium-line altitude of 280 glaciers are given, based on observational studies reported in publications, archived data, personal communications..
Data have been digitized and quality checked; all errors found were eliminated.