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Department of Geography

WGMS contributed to European State of the Climate report

The first edition of the European State of the Climate report has been published and presented to the European Parliament in Brussels. The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) - located at the Department of Geography - contributed glacier data and analyses. 

Copernicus European State of the Climate_2017

The annual mass balance of a glacier is the combined result of snow accumulation (mass gain) and melt (mass loss) during a given year. The mass balance reflects the atmospheric conditions over a year and, if measured over a long period and displayed in a cumulative way, trends in mass balance are an indicator of climate change. 

European State of the Climate 2017
Glaciers as headline climate indicators
World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)