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world glacier monitoring service

under the auspices of: ICSU (WDS), IUGG (IACS), UNEP, UNESCO, WMO

For more than a century, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and its predecessor organizations have been compiling and disseminating standardized data on glacier fluctuations. Thereto, the WGMS annually collects glacier data through its scientific collaboration network that is active in more than 30 countries. More...

In close collaboration with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) initiative, the WGMS runs the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). More...


WGMS MetaData Browser
FoG Vol. X (2005-2010)
Digital maps of FoG Vol. I-IX
Global Glacier Changes: facts and figures


preliminary mass balance data 2012/13 & 2013/14 now available!
Mass balance summer school 2015
EGU session 2015
EGU session 2015


AGU session 2014 part 1 , part 2
EGU session 2014
Mass Balance Summer School 2013
Glacier monitoring session @ DACA-13
EGU session 2013
Mass-balance monitoring in Kyrgyzstan resumed
Mass Balance Workshop 2012, Tarfala, Sweden
Extending glacier monitoring into the LIA

General Assembly NCs Zermatt 2010

photo: participants of the WGMS General Assembly 2010 (by F. Paul)

last change 09/04/2015, igr