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The World Glacier Inventory
This web site is part of the National Snow and Ice Data Center's World Glacier Monitoring Service. The World Glacier Inventory contains information for over 67,000 glaciers throughout the world. Parameters within the inventory include: geographic location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification of morphological type and moraines. The inventory entries are based upon a single observation in time and can be viewed as a "snapshot" of the glacier at this time. These data are collected and digitized by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich. A point and click map of the world will also take users to the region of interest with a list of glaciated areas.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Remotely sensed
  • Cryology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Citations in reference lists accompanying published work should be stated: Hoelzle, M. and Haeberli, W. World Glacier Monitoring Service. World Glacier Inventory. Digital data available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. An example of a statement within a publication citing data might read: "These data, the World Glacier Inventory, were obtained from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), University of Colorado at Boulder."
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-709
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: C. Haggerty
National Snow and Ice Data Center, World Glacier Monitoring Service, World Glacier Inventory

Contact: National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado