Glacier Thickness Database

Index dataset: Glacier Thickness Database (GlaThiDa) 2.0

(A) Citation recommendation

The database is open access for scientific and educational purposes under requirement of correct citation of the database (, related publications (Gärtner-Roer et al. 2014), and/or the original investigators and sponsoring agencies according to the available meta-information given in the database.

(B) Digital object identifier and related metadata of the current database version

Scientific data identifier for version 2016: DOI 10.5904/wgms-glathida-2016-07

data compiled by:
– Gärtner-Roer, Isabelle (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
– Andreassen, Liss M. (Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Norway)
– Bjerre, Elisa (Arctic Technology Centre at DTU, Denmark)
– Farinotti, Daniel (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland)
– Fischer, Andrea (Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF), Austria)
– Fischer, Mauro (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
– Helfricht, Kay (Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF), Austria)
– Huss, Matthias (University of Friboug; Lab. of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), Switzerland)
– Knecht, Thomas (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
– Kutuzov, Stanislav (University of Reading, UK)
– Landmann, Johannes (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
– Lavrentiev, Ivan (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
– Li, Huilin (Tianshan Glaciological Station CAS, China)
– Li, Zhongqin (Tianshan Glaciological Station CAS, China)
– Machguth, Horst (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
– Naegeli, Kathrin (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
– Navarro, Francisco (ETSI Telecomunicacion-Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
– Rabatel, Antoine (University Grenoble Alpes, France)
– Stentoft, Peter (Arctic Technology Centre at DTU, Denmark)
– Zemp, Michael (University of Zürich, Switzerland)

Title: Glacier Thickness Database (GlaThiDa) 2.0

Publisher: World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)

Publication year: 2016

Release date: 2016-07-04

Citation: WGMS (2016): Glacier Thickness Database 2.0. Gärtner-Roer, I., Andreassen, L. M., Bjerre, E., Farinotti, D., Fischer, A., Fischer, M., Helfricht, K., Huss, M., Knecht, T., Kutuzov, S., Landmann, J., Lavrentiev, I., Li, H., Li, Z., Machguth, H., Naegeli, K., Navarro, F., Rabatel, A., Stentoft, P., Zemp, M. (eds.), World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich, Switzerland. DOI: 10.5904/wgms-glathida-2016-07

Related publication: Gärtner-Roer, I., Naegeli, K., Huss, M., Knecht, T., Machguth, H., Zemp, M. (2014): A database of worldwide glacier thickness observations. Global and Planetary Change. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.09.003

Language: English

Data format: csv-file, zipped

Data size: 9 MB

Rights: Open access for scientific and educational purposes under requirement of correct citation (see above).

Description: Internationally collected, standardized dataset on glacier thickness from in-situ and remotely sensed observations, based on data submissions, literature review and airborne data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge.

GlaThiDa is a contribution to the working group on “Glacier ice thickness estimation” (, which was formed under the auspices of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS). The working group, lead by Daniel Farinotti, Liss Marie Andreassen and Huilin Li, will ensure the continuation and expansion of GlaThiDa.

Spatial coverage: global

Temporal coverage: 1955-2015 AD

(C) Disclaimer
The data might be subject to errors and inaccuracies. Hence, we strongly suggest to perform data quality checks and, in case of ambiguities, to contact us as well as the investigators and sponsoring agencies of the glaciers.

versionsrelease datedoimetadatadata downloadonline access
GlaThiDa 3.0201910.5904/wgms-glathida-2019-02websitezip filegtn-g global glacier browser
GlaThiDa 2.1201610.5904/wgms-glathida-2016-07websitezip filegtn-g global glacier browser
GlaThiDa 1.0201410.5904/wgms-glathida-2014-09websitezip filegtn-g global glacier browser
last change 3/11/2016