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Regional Assessments of Glacier Mass

In this image, which serves as Figure 4-8 in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the size of the green circles depicts total area covered by glaciers in each region with the tidewater basin fractions [TW] shown separately in blue. The Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI) regions, designated by the white number, are referenced in Table 4.2 in the IPCC report. The geographic locations of all glaciers, evident primarily in mountainous regions and high latitudes, are shown in yellow with their area increased to improve visibility. Glacier locations and areas were obtained from airborne and Landsat ETM+, ASTER or SPOT5 satellite imagery and are from the Randolph Glacier Inventory Version 2.0 (Arendt et al., 2012).

For additional information, refer to the paper available here.

Visualization Credits

Cindy Starr (GST): Lead Visualizer
Alex S Gardner (Graduate School of Geography, Clark University): Scientist
Georg Kaser (Institut für Meteorologie und Geophysik, Universität Innsbruck): Scientist
Anthony A Arendt (Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Project Support
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Gardner, A. S., et al., 2013, A Consensus Estimate of Glacier Contributions to Sea Level Rise: 2003 to 2009, Science, Vol. 340 no. 6134 pp. 852-857.

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Data Used:
Glacier Area by Region: Randolph Glacier Inventory 3.0 (Arendt et al., 2012)
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