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The GLIMS Glacier Database: Summary Statistics

Number of glacier analyses (snapshots)383925
Earliest analysis1850-01-01
Most recent analysis2018-03-11

Glacier Count and Area by Region

RC ID Geographic Area Number of glacier outlines Sum of glacier area, km2
2 Norway 3283 2783.32
3 Canada 1152 40068.6
4 Alaska 3784 22208.2
5 Conterminous USA 5282 683.023
7 Sweden 271 264.475
8 China 74448 320053
9 New Zealand 316 353.754
10 Southwestern Asia (Pakistan + Afghanistan) 410 709.904
11 S. European Alps 948 912.667
12 Himalaya (India, Nepal, Bhutan) 43238 47309.6
13 Tropical glaciers 909 968.549
16 Russian Glaciers (exact boundaries of RC to be defined) 1363 1690.71
17 Russian and former Soviet Union glaciers 91 500.256
18 Antarctic Peninsula 659 26449.8
19 Svalbard, Jan Mayen, and Bouvet 1583 33841
20 Chilean glaciers, between -18 and -56 degrees latitude 88 3973.68
22 Iceland 262 11058.2
23 Iran 484 40.2521
26 Kerguelen Island 340 1242.77
27 Argentina 73 161.504
28 Turkey 51 11.5312
29 Mongolia 2091 1233.21
30 Swiss Alps 8968 5480.55
32 Italian Alps 30 5.60736
33 French Alps 2155 1288
34 Austrian Alps 4747 2821.99
37 Central Asia 661 133.244
38 Caucausus Region 6571 4351.91
502 Siberian Mountains 6099 7285.15
505 Antarctic Peninsula 1547 95272.6
507 Olympic Peninsula 985 25.787
511 Italy 904 368.32
520 Chile 86 249.423
526 East Central Greenland 259 55008.2
536 Northern Cordillera 17547 26891
547 Irian Jaya 15 4.47097
550 Northeast Greenland 48 1160.96
556 Khumbu Area 3520 6122.1
561 Various (GlobGlacier) 22769 60345.5
562 Chilean Norte Chico (25 to 32 degrees south latitude) 152 20.8401
565 Antarctic Peninsula 2536 100845
571 Swiss Alps 9542 3030.84
572 Mainland Norway 1069 51591.5
573 Svalbard 2594 47108.4
574 Irian Jaya 93 27.3459
575 Coropuna, Peru 19 922.525
576 Bolivia 16 6.34029
602 Various (NSIDC) 255 33209.6
761 Randolph Glacier Inventory; Umbrella RC for merging the RGI into GLIMS 149612 351564