Global Glacier Ice Mass Balance DataEntry ID: WGMS_GLACIER_ICE_MASS_BALANCE
Abstract: The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) started to maintain and
continue the collection of information on ongoing glacier changes.
The Mass Balance Bulletin (MBB), a large part of the WGMS, contains
data documenting changes in glaciers through time (changes in mass,
volume, area and length of glaciers).
Two main categories of data - summary information and ... extensive
information - are being reported on in the Glacier Mass Balance
Bulletin. Summary information on specific balance, cumulative specific
balance, accumulation area ratio and equilibrium line altitude is
given for 60 glaciers. Such information provides a regional
overview. In addition, extensive information such as balance maps,
balance/altitude diagrams, relations between accumulation area ratios,
equilibrium line altitudes and balance, as well as a short explanatory
text with a photograph, are presented for 11 selected glaciers with
existing long and complete series of direct glaciological
measurements. These long time-series based on high density networks of
stakes and firn pits are especially valuable for analyzing processes
of mass and energy exchange at glacier/atmosphere interfaces and,
hence, for interpreting climate/glacier relations.
Reference set of 30 glaciers from 1850 to 2009.
Data link: http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/bams-sotc/2009/global-data-s...
Data obtained from Mauri Pelto, Nichols College
More information at: http://www.geo.unizh.ch/wgms/gmbb.html & http://www.geo.unizh.ch/wgms/mbb/sum08.html
WGMS 2009: Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin No. 10 (2006-2007).
W. Haeberli, I. Gartner-Roer, M. Hoelzle, F. Paul, M. Zemp (eds.),
(World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich, Switzerland, 2010).
(Click for Interactive Map)
Start Date: 1850-01-01Stop Date: 2009-12-31
ISO Topic Category
Data Set Progress
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +1 (828) 271-4101
Email: christina.lief at noaa.gov
Program Manager Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC - Room 459
City: Asheville, NC
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-06-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-08-31