Data:World Glacier Inventory


World Glacier Inventory dataset information page

Short Description

North America example of the
World Glacier Inventory

Statement: Information on glaciers for over 100,000 glaciers through out the world served by the National Snow and Ice Data Center

Abstract: The World Glacier Inventory contains information for over 100,000 glaciers through out 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. The core of this collection is data from the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich. The development of the data product was funded through NOAA's Environmental Services Data and Information Management (ESDIM) program.

Data format

Data type: Cryosphere
Data origin: Measured
Data format: ASCII
Other format:
Data resolution: Point source data

Data Coverage

Spatial data coverage: Global glaciers
Temporal data coverage: Time snap shot
Time period covered: 1999 but updated over time


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Data source:


  • National Snow and Ice Data Center. 1999, updated 2009. World glacier inventory. World Glacier Monitoring Service and National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology. Boulder, CO. Digital media.