WGMS contributed to European State of the Climate report

Copernicus European State of the Climate_2017

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. 

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)

Magdalena Seebauer