[Archived] Glacier Locations

The extent and rates of change of the world's estimated 160,000 glaciers

  • Source: NSIDC

This dataset has been archived, and we will no longer be updating or maintaining it. We recommend using this dataset as a replacement.

The GLIMS: Global Glacier Database managed by the NSIDC is an international collaborative project that includes more than 60 institutions worldwide. Its goal is to create this globally comprehensive inventory of land ice including measurements of glacier area, geometry, surface velocity, and snow line elevation. To perform these analyses, the GLIMS project uses satellite data, primarily from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and the Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), as well as historical information derived from maps and aerial photographs. The analysis results are submitted to the GLIMS database at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, CO. The GLIMS database is designed to be a logical extension of the World Glacier Inventory (WGI) of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and stores the full complement of the WGMS-defined glacier characteristics. Each analysis received by the GLIMS team at the NSIDC is ingested into the GLIMS Glacier Database. New glacier data are continually being added to the database. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the data set. For access to the full data set and additional information, see the Learn More link.

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GLIMS Glacier Database, Version 1


The GLIMS Glacier Database is still incomplete in a number of regions.

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GLIMS and NSIDC. 2005 (updated 2017). "Global Land Ice Measurements from Space Glacier Database." Compiled and made available by the international GLIMS community and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO. doi:10.7265/N5V98602. Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.


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