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Global Land Ice Measurements from Space

Project Description
GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) is a project designed to
monitor the world's glaciers. Over 60 institutions across the globe are
involved in GLIMS. The project is coordinated by Principal Investigator Jeffrey
S. Kargel ( of the USGS Astrogeology Research Program. The
GLIMS web site is managed by Bruce Raup of the National Snow & Ice Data Center
and Deborah Lee Soltesz of USGS Astrogeology Research Program.

The objectives of the project are to establish a global inventory of land ice,
including surface topography, to measure the changes in extent of glaciers and,
where possible, their surface velocities. This project is designed to use
primarily data from the ASTER (Advanced Space-borne Thermal Emission and
Reflection radiometer) instrument, and the monitoring activities are expected
to continue through the life of the ASTER mission. This work will also
establish a digital baseline inventory of ice extent for comparison with
inventories at later times.

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