Glaciers are key indicators of ongoing climate change. The World Glacier Monitoring Service compiles and disseminates standardized data on glacier fluctuations. Recently, the Global Glacier Change Bulletin No. 4 was published.
The report covers the observation periods 2017/18 and 2018/19, with preliminary values for 2019/20. Since the last bulletin, more than 25,000 database records were added from almost 10,000 glaciers measured by about 400 scientists and observers from 40 countries.
With this, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) - located at the Department of Geography - maintains a unique database that is an indispensable treasure of international snow and ice research. Datasets and related assessments are prominently cited in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.
Beyond the periodic, narrative synthesis reports, the WGMS provides open access to the related database as well as intuitive visualizations, available to both the scientific community and the general public.
Picture: Rembesdalskåka - an outlet glacier from Hardangerjøkulen in Norway (© H. Elvehøy, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate).