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Glacier Studies Project

Information pertaining to the U.S. Geological Survey's Glacier Studies Project is presented, including links to relevant USGS and non-USGS publications. The Glacier Studies Project is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey's Global Change Science Program, a component of the 13 Federal interagency U.S. Climate Change Science Program of which the U.S. Department of the Interior is a member.

Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World (Task 1):

U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2005-3056

Includes links to two provisional tables that will be included eventually in Chapter (Volume) A, State of the Earth's Cryosphere at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Glaciers, Global Snow Cover, Floating Ice, and Permafrost and Periglacial Environments, of the 11-chapter (volume) U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1836-A-K:

  • Areal Extent of Present-Day Glaciers
  • Estimated Present-Day Area and Volume of Glaciers and Maximum Sea Level Rise Potential

Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., editors and contributing authors, 1988-, Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-A-K.

Long-term international project to use Landsat MSS images acquired in the mid-1970's to establish a baseline for the areal distribution of the Earth's glaciers. More than 100 U.S. and foreign scientists, from 25 countries, representing 45 different institutions, have collaborated in the preparation of 10 geographic-area chapters and an introductory chapter on State of the Earth's Cryosphere at the Beginning of the 21 Century: Glaciers, Global Snow Cover, Floating Ice, and Permafrost and Periglacial Environments, the latter with a map/poster of the Earth's Dynamic Cryosphere.

Published Chapters [Volumes]

Swithinbank, Charles, 1988, Antarctica, with sections on the 'Dry Valleys' of Victoria Land, by Chinn, T.J., and Landsat images of Antarctica, by Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world (Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds.): U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-B, 278 p., ISBN 0-607-71453-0. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386b)

Wiedick, A., 1995, Greenland, with a section on Landsat images of Greenland, by Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world (Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds.): U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-C, 141 p., ISBN 0-607-71454-9. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386c)

Rott, Helmut (The Austrian Alps), Scherler, K.E. (The Swiss Alps), Reynaud, L. (The Italian Alps), and Barbero, R.S., and Zanon, G.(The Italian Alps), 1993, Glaciers of the Alps (E-1); Serrat, D., and Ventura, J., 1993, Glaciers of the Pyrenees, Spain and France (E-2); Ostrem, G., and Haakensen, N., 1993, Glaciers of Norway (E-3); Schytt, V., 1993, Glaciers of Sweden (E-4), Liestol, O., 1993, Glaciers of Svalbard, Norway (E-5); and Orheim, O., 1993, Glaciers of Jan Mayen, Norway (E-6); in Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-E (Glaciers of Europe), 164 p., ISBN 0-607-71455-7.

Kurter, Ajun, 1991, Glaciers of Turkey (G-1); Ferrigno, J.G., 1991, Glaciers of Iran (G-2); and Young, J.A.T., and Hastenrath, S.L., 1991, Glaciers of Africa (G-3); in Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-G (Glaciers of the Middle East and Africa), 70 p., ISBN 0-607-71456-5. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386g)

Allison, Ian, and Peterson, J.A., 1989, Glaciers of Irian Jaya, Indonesia (H-1), and Chinn, T.J., 1989, Glaciers of New Zealand (H-2); in Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-H (Glaciers of Irian Jaya, Indonesia and New Zealand), 48 p., ISBN 0-607-71457-3. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386h/)

Schubert, C., 1998, Glaciers of Venezuela I-1); Hoyos-Patiño, F., 1998, Glaciers of Columbia (I-2); Jordan, E., and Hastenrath, S., 1998, Glaciers of Ecuador (I-3); Morales Arnao, B., 1998, Glaciers of Perú (I-4), with a section on Quelccaya Ice Cap, by Hastenrath, S.; Jordan, E., 1998 Glaciers of Bolivia (I-5); and Lliboutry, L., 1998, Glaciers of Chile and Argentina (I-6), with a section on Rock Glaciers by Corte, A.E.; in Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-I (Glaciers of South America), 206 p., ISBN 0-607-92475-6. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386i/)

Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds., 2002, Introduction; Ommanney, C.S.L., 2002, History of glacier investigations in Canada; Ommanney, C.S.L., Mapping Canada's glaciers, with a section on Mapping glaciers in the Interior Ranges and Rocky Mountains with Landsat data, Wheate, R.D., Sidjak, R.W., and Whyte, G.T., 2002; Glaciers of the Arctic Islands, Koerner, R.M., 2002, Glaciers of the High Arctic Islands; Jeffries, M.O., 2002, Ellesmere Island ice shelves and ice islands; Andrews, J.T., 2002, Glaciers of Baffin Island, with sections on Barnes Ice Cap: Geomorphology and thermodynamics by Holdsworth, Gerald, and Late 20th century change at the Barnes Ice Cap margin by Jacobs, J.D.; Ommanney C.S.L., 2002, Glaciers of the Canadian Rockies; Clarke, G.K.C., and Holdsworth, Gerald, 2002, Glaciers of the Coast Mountains; Clarke, G.K.C., and Holdsworth, Gerald, 2002, Glaciers of the St. Elias Mountains, with a section on Quantitative Measurements of Tweedsmuir Glacier and Lowell Glacier imagery by Holdsworth, Gerald, Howarth, P.J., and Ommanney, C.S.L.; Glaciers of Canada (J-1); Krimmel, R.M., 2002, Glaciers of the western United States, with a section on Glacier retreat in Glacier National Park, Montana by Key, C.H., Fagre, D.B., and Menicke, R.K., Glaciers of the conterminous United States (J-2) (excluding Alaska, which is published separately as Chapter 1386-K); and White, S.E., 2002, Glaciers of Mexico (J-3); in Williams, R.S., Jr., and Ferrigno, J.G., eds., Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-J (Glaciers of North America), 405 p., ISBN 0-067-98290-X. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386j)

Antarctica (1386-B), Greenland (1386-C), the Glaciers of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and New Zealand (1386-H),the Glaciers of the Middle East and Africa (1386-G), the Glaciers of South America (1386-I), and the Glaciers of North America (1386-J), chapters are currently Web accessible. All future chapters will be Web accessible. Work is underway to make the Glaciers of Europe (1386-E) Web accessible. Printed chapters (volumes) of the Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World (USGS Professional Paper 1386) may be ordered from:

U.S. Geological Survey Information Services
Denver Federal Center - Box 25286
Denver, CO 80225 U.S.A.

ChapterPrice
AIn Preparation
B$28
C$16
DIn Preparation
E$17
FIn Press
G$5.00
H$4.50
I$21.00
J$76.00
KIn Press



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