Data and Imagery


NSIDC's World Glacier Inventory contains information for thousands of glaciers, including parameters such as location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification of morphological type and moraines. You can also visit the Advanced Data Search page to search NSIDC's online data catalog (use the search term "glaciers").

The Glacier Photo Collection includes thousands of photos, primarily of Alaskan glaciers, but also of glaciers in the continental United States, Canada, Europe, South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Greenland.

Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) is an international project tasked with surveying a majority of the world's 160,000 glaciers. See GLIMS Data at NSIDC.

Data & Imagery from Other Organizations

Global Glacier Changes: facts and figures: This 2008 report, compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme, includes data on global and regional glacier changes.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate's (NVE) Web site provides mass balance measurements for glaciers in Norway, glacier length change observations, a remotely sensed glacier inventory, a subglacial observatory, and a database of glacier hazards.

Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World is provided by the USGS Global Change Research Program.

Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds. 2012. State of the Earth’s cryosphere at the beginning of the 21st century–Glaciers, global snow cover, floating ice, and permafrost and periglacial environments: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386–A, 546 p. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/p1386a.) (Chapter A-2 Glaciers PDF, 49.5 MB)

The World Glacier Monitoring Service compiles and publishes information about glacier fluctuations across the globe.