World Glacier Inventory
Entry ID: G01130

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Summary
Abstract: The World Glacier Inventory (WGI) contains information for over 130,000 glaciers. Inventory parameters include geographic location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification. The WGI is based primarily on aerial photographs and maps with most glaciers having one data entry only. Hence, the dataset can be viewed as a snapshot of the glacier distribution in the second half of the 20th century. It is based on the original WGI (WGMS 1989) from the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS).
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 89.3   S: -71.66   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: WGMS, and NSIDC (comps.).
Dataset Title: World Glacier Inventory
Dataset Release Date: 1999-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/G01130
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1900-01-01
Stop Date: 2003-12-31
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Quality Data obtained from WGMS prior to 1999 were subjected to plausibility checks at WGMS while they were being loaded into the database in Zurich. Errors uncovered during the plausibility check were printed out and sent to the data collectors for review. The final accuracy of the data is the responsibility of the data collectors in the individual countries (Hoelzle and Trindler, 1998).
Data Set Progress
COMPLETE
Data Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel
Name: NSIDC NOAA USER SERVICES
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 37 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 41 44 635 5139
Email: wgms at geo.uzh.ch
Contact Address:
World Glacier Monitoring Service
Department of Geography, University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
City: Zurich
Postal Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland
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Publications/References
Allison, I., and J.A. Peterson. 1988. Glaciers of Irian Jaya, in Williams, R.S., Jr., and J.G. Ferrigno, eds. Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World - Glaciers of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and New Zealand. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-H. Ames, A., S. Dolores, A. Valvedere, P. Evangelista, D. Corcino, W. Ganvini, J. Z????iga and V. Gomez. 1988. Inventario de Glaciares del ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-04-09
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