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Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Andreas Kaab and Wilfried Haeberli
Publication_Date: Unknown
Edition:
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: database
Series_Information:
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Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Switzerland
Publisher: University of Zurich
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Online_Linkage: http://www.glacierhazards.ch/
Description:
Abstract:
The online Glacier Hazards database available from the University of Zurich is available in german only. Information on historical and recent catastrophic events can be retrieved according to various search criteria. The events are primarily sorted by the name of the glacier involved. Particular time periods, geographic locations, or process magnitudes can be specified as additional search criteria. The database can be searched for specific terms as well. The search results are displayed on-screen and can be downloaded as csv-text files. Background of the database: The database on historical glacier catastrophes has been compiled on the basis of a variety of sources. The main source were the regular reports on the fluctuations of Swiss glaciers, formerly known as 'Les Variations périodiques des Glaciers Suisses'. Summaries are published annually in 'Die Alpen' (Journal of the Swiss Alpine Club) as well. Other sources frequently used were ancient records and chronicles, newspaper articles and reports from scientific studies. Since the mid-1980es, short reports from various parts of the world on glacier hazards were compiled by the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS in the volumes 'Fluctuations of Glaciers', ICSI/IAHS/UNEP/UNESCO 1988, 1993, 1998). Scientifically (and glaciologically) correct interpretation of historical sources such as records by local, non-scientifically trained people can be a major challenge and requires sufficient experience in glaciology and history. In fact, this is a problem that has occasionally emerged when historical sources have been analyzed in natural sciences. When transforming the information thus collected into a digital database an appropriate structure must be found. It should satisfy the requirements of easy extraction of information and of continuous updating. In the present case, instructions by the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (Buwal, Heiniman et al., 1998) on building up a database on historical hazards ('Ereigniskataster' = event register) were taken into account. The name of the glacier represents the key attribute. According to the processes involved, a classification into different events is then made. Further attributes are event coordinates and date, impact/damage, mitigation measures, sources and a set of numerical parameters such as water volume and peak discharge of lake outbursts or break-off volume of ice avalanches. The variety of sources and of the degree of information on different events implies a relatively high variation in the database with respect to the quantity in each category.
Purpose:
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Supplemental_Information:
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Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -180.0
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 180.0
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 90.0
South_Bounding_Coordinate: -90.0
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD SCIENCE PARAMETERS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ANCILLARY KEYWORDS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO TOPIC CATEGORY
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: DATA SET LANGUAGE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > AVALANCHE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIERS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ICE SHEETS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > AVALANCHE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIERS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ICE SHEETS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > TOPOGRAPHICAL RELIEF
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > SURFACE ROUGHNESS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > TERRAIN ELEVATION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > TOPOGRAPHIC EFFECTS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > INFRARED IMAGERY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > VISIBLE IMAGERY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ICEBERGS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER THICKNESS/ICE SHEET THICKNESS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER TOPOGRAPHY/ICE SHEET TOPOGRAPHY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER MOTION/ICE SHEET MOTION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ICEBERGS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER THICKNESS/ICE SHEET THICKNESS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER TOPOGRAPHY/ICE SHEET TOPOGRAPHY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER MOTION/ICE SHEET MOTION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > NATURAL HAZARDS > SEVERE STORMS
Theme_Keyword: Gis
Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information Systems
Theme_Keyword: Glaciers
Theme_Keyword: Glacier Hazards
Theme_Keyword: Avalanches
Theme_Keyword: Ice Avalanches
Theme_Keyword: Debris Flow
Theme_Keyword: CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
Theme_Keyword: ELEVATION
Theme_Keyword: GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
Theme_Keyword: IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER
Theme_Keyword: INLAND WATERS
Theme_Keyword: ENGLISH
Theme_Keyword: GERMAN
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
Access_Constraints: Not Available
Use_Constraints:
Not Available
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: ANDREAS KAEAEB
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: PROF. WILFRIED HAEBERLI
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: University of Zurich-Irchel
Address: Department of Geography, Physical Geography Division
Address: Winterthurerstr. 190
City: Zurich
Postal_Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Physical Geography Division
Address: Department of Geography
Address: Room 25 K 64
Address: University of Zurich - Irchel
Address: Winterthurerstr. 190
City: Zurich
Postal_Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 41 1 6355146
Contact_Voice_Telephone: + 41 - 1 - 635 51 20
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 41 1 635 6848
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: + 41 - 1 - 635 68 48
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: kaeaeb@geo.unizh.ch
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: haeberli@geo.unizh.ch
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Not Available
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Not Available
Completeness_Report:
Not Available
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Not Available
Process_Date: Unknown
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: ZURICH/GEOG > Department of Geography, University of Zurich Switzerland
Contact_Person: PROF. WILFRIED HAEBERLI
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Physical Geography Division
Address: Department of Geography
Address: Room 25 K 64
Address: University of Zurich - Irchel
Address: Winterthurerstr. 190
City: Zurich
Postal_Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland
Contact_Voice_Telephone: + 41 - 1 - 635 51 20
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: + 41 - 1 - 635 68 48
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: haeberli@geo.unizh.ch
Resource_Description: UNIZH_GLACIER_HAZARDS
Distribution_Liability:
Not Available
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.geo.unizh.ch/
Access_Instructions:
DATA CENTER URL
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.glacierhazards.ch/
Access_Instructions:
Online Glacier Hazards database available in German only.
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://gcmd.nasa.gov/getdif.htm?UNIZH_AGREG
Access_Instructions:
Analysis of Glacier Hazard Potentials By Knowledge-Based Remote Sensing Fusion for GIS Modeling.
Fees: No Fees
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20050124
Metadata_Review_Date: 20130124
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: TYLER B. STEVENS
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Address: Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20771
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 614-6898
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-614-5268
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Tyler.B.Stevens@nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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