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Glacier Photograph Collection

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Entry ID

G00472

Summary

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado houses many photographic prints of glaciers, taken both from the air and from the ground. These photographs constitute an important historical record, as well as a data collection of interest to those studying the response of glaciers to climate change. NSIDC is partnering with the NOAA Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP) and the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) to digitize selected photographs and make them available through a searchable interface. To date, more than 12,000 photographs have been digitized and comprise the Glacier Photograph Collection. Most of the photographs are of glaciers in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Greenland. However, the collection does include a smaller number of photos of glaciers in Europe and South America. In March 2006, we began our special collection of Repeat Photography of Glaciers. Updates to the Glacier Photograph Collection are ongoing, and the photos are available online via a searchable interface.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 81°     S: -43°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

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Sample Image



Takhin Glacier, Alaska, USA, August 4, 1948.


Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: National Snow and Ice Data Center (comp.).
Dataset Title: Glacier Photograph Collection
Dataset Release Date: 2002-01-01updated 2009
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g00472.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5/NSIDC-GPC-2009-12

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1880-01-01
Stop Date: 2009-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND
  • CONTINENT EUROPE ALPS
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA CANADA WESTERN CANADA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA GREENLAND
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALASKA, PACIFIC NORTHWEST
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA ANDES

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers
  • Spectral/Engineering Visible Wavelengths Visible Imagery
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Glaciers/Ice Sheets Glaciers

Ancillary Keywords

  • Aerial Photography
  • Climate Change
  • Glacier Fluctuation
  • IDN_NODE GSFC/NSIDC
  • Photos

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
  • Geoscientific Information
  • Imagery/Base Maps/Earth Cover

Platform

  • AIRCRAFT
  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS

Instrument

  • CAMERAS

Data Set Progress

in work

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

NSIDC Roger G. Barry Archives and Resource Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/rocs/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC ARC 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

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: Online (HTTP)
Distribution Format: TIFF

Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)
Distribution Format: Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) (.jpg)

Personnel

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

William O. Field
Role: INVESTIGATOR

Bruce F. Molnia
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Mail Stop 926A

City: Reston
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 20192-0002
Country: USA

Harry F., et al. Reid
Role: INVESTIGATOR

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
All About Glaciers

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
GLIMS Data at NSIDC

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
GLIMS Data at NSIDC

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
View NSIDC Data on Virtual Globes

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
World Glacier Map Viewer

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
World Glacier Inventory

Reference

Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer. 2001. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme.

Alaska State Library staff. January 2002. 'Alaska Glacier Names.' http://www.library.state.ak.us/asp/Alaska_Glaciers.html. 20 November 2002. Bird, M.L. 1984. The AGS and polar work: highlights in retrospect. Polar Times 98: 8-9.

Cotton, T. 1995. 'Land Reborn: A History of Administration and Visitor Use in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Chapter II: Sightseers And Scientists. http://www.nps.gov/glba/adhi/adhi2.htm. 21 November 2002.

Field, W.O. 2004. With a camera in my hands: a life history as told to C. Suzanne Brown. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press.

Field, W.O., editor. 1975. Mountain glaciers of the northern hemisphere. Hanover, New Hampshire: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Field, W.O. 1966. Mapping glacier termini in southern Alaska, 1931-1964. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 3(5): 819-825.

Field, W.O. 1952. Glaciers - historians of climate. The Geographical Review 42(3):337-345.

Field, W.O. 1950. Glaciological research in Alaska. Alaskan Science Conference.

Gillispie, Charles C., ed. 1970 - 1980. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Vol. 11. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Hormes, A., B.U. Muller, and C. Schluchter. 2001. The Alps with little ice: evidence for eight Holocene phases of reduced glacier extent in the Central Swiss Alps. The Holocene 11(3): 255-265.

Tarr, R., and L. Martin. 1914. Alaskan Glacier Studies. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

Veatch, F.M. 1969. Analysis of a 24-year photographic record of Nisqually Glacier, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Geological Survey Professional Paper 631. Washington, D.C.: USGS.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2002-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-10-01

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