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Glacier Mass Balance and Regime Measurements and Analysis, 1945-2003, Version 1

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 more than 300 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, or on FTP from NSIDC.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
Temporal Coverage
  • 1945-01-01 to 2003-12-31
(updated 2005)
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Ablation Zones/Accumulation Zones > Mass Balance
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glacier Mass Balance/Ice Sheet Mass Balance > Mass Balance
Sensor(s): Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • Microsoft Excel
  • PDF
Data Contributor(s): Mark Dyurgerov

Data Citation

As a condition of using this 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. Edited by M. Meier and R. Armstrong. 2002, updated 2005. Glacier Mass Balance and Regime Measurements and Analysis, 1945-2003, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].

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