Search Help
World Glacier Inventory
Entry ID: G01130

[ Get Data ]

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).
Related URL
Description: Search Database
View entire list
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 89.3   S: -71.66   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: WGMS, and National Snow and Ice Data Center (comps.).
Dataset Title: World Glacier Inventory
Dataset Series Name: G01130
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:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1900-01-01
Stop Date: 2003-12-31
Location Keywords
View entire list
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
Data Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
View entire list
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 37 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Phone: 41 44 635 5139
Email: wgms at
Contact Address:
World Glacier Monitoring Service
Department of Geography, University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
City: Zurich
Postal Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland
View entire list
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. Zúñiga and V. Gomez. 1988. Inventario de Glaciares del ... View entire text
Extended Metadata Properties
(Click to view more)

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18