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Overview

The Glacier Photograph Collection is an online, searchable collection of photographs of glaciers, mostly taken in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Greenland. Photographs were taken from both the air and the ground. The dates of the photographs range from the mid 1800s to the present day. As of June 2010, more than 13,000 glacier photographs are online. 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.

Search the Glacier Photograph Collection

You can search the Glacier Photograph Collection by glacier name, location, date, photographer, and more from the Search & Order interface. You can view lower-resolution photographs online and order high-resolution photographs from the interface.

Documentation

The documentation for the Glacier Photograph Collection provides background information on the origins of the photographs, how the photographs were acquired and scanned, the use of the search interface, and more.

Special Collections

The Glacier Photograph Collection also includes interesting subsets of photographs, highlighted as Special Collections.

Repeat Photography of Glaciers

This special collection displays photographs of the same glacier, taken from the same vantage point and at the same time of year, but taken many years apart. These photographs can show evidence of glacier and climate changes over time.

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National Park Service Glacier Survey Reports

This special collection highlights glacier photographs taken from original National Park Service (NPS) Glacier Survey reports.

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DAHLI IGY Glacier Photographs

This special collection is from Alaskan glacier surveys led by William O. Field during the International Geophysical Year.

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Astronaut Glacier Photographs

This special collection was taken by astronauts on the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

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Antarctica Dry Valleys Glacier Photographs

This special collection consists of field photographs from the McMurdo Dry Valleys region of Antarctica.

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Acknowledgments

The NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection is an ongoing effort in partnership with the NOAA Climate Database Modernization Program and the National Geophysical Data Center. This partnership allows for the digitization of photographs and other related materials and allows NSIDC to make them available online.