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World Glacier Monitoring Service
Type of Structure: coordinated project
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations:
Child Organisations:
Duration : 1986 to present
Contact Address: PD Dr. Michael Zemp
World Glacier Monitoring Service
Geographisches Institut - Physical Geography
Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstr. 190 - Irchel
8057 Zürich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 51 39 ; +41 (0) 44 635 51 21
FAX: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
e-Mail: michael.zemp(at)

holding an official function in WGMS

General information and objectives

1. to continue collecting and publishing standardized data on glacier fluctua-tions at 5-yearly intervals,
2. to complete and continuously upgrade an inventory of the world's glaciers
3. to publish results of mass balance measurements from selected reference glaciers at 2-yearly intervals,
4. to include satellite observations of remote glaciers in order to reach global coverage,
5. to periodically assess ongoing change

The World Glacier Inventory (WGI) contains glacier data describing the spatial distribution
The Fluctuations of Glaciers (FoG) and Mass Balance Bulletin (MBB) contains data documenting changes in time (changes in mass, volume, area and length of glaciers).

The WGMS maintains data exchange with the World Data Center A for Glaciology (WDC-A) and the Global Resources Information Database (GRID) of GEMS.

For further details, link to the WGMS Home Page

Last update: 9/13/16
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2018)

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