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World Glacier Inventory, Version 1

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 Coverage:
  • N: 89.3, S: -71.66, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1900 to 31 December 2003
(updated 2012)
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glaciers
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): WGMS, and National Snow and Ice Data Center (comps.).

Data Citation

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WGMS, and National Snow and Ice Data Center (comps.). 1999, updated 2012. World Glacier Inventory, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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