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Switzerland Glaciers



Major Named Glaciers in Switzerland

Aletschgl. Gr. Glacier, 86.76 Sq Km
Gornergletscher Glacier, 68.86 Sq Km
Fieschergl. Glacier, 33.06 Sq Km
Unteraargl. Glacier, 28.41 Sq Km
Unt.Grindelwald. Glacier, 21.71 Sq Km
Oberaletschgl. Glacier, 21.71 Sq Km
Findelengl. Glacier, 19.09 Sq Km
Corbassiere Gl. Glacier, 17.44 Sq Km
Rhonegletscher Glacier, 17.38 Sq Km
Morteratsch Vad. Glacier, 17.15 Sq Km
Triftgletscher Glacier, 17.07 Sq Km
Zmuttgletscher Glacier, 16.98 Sq Km
Feegletscher Glacier, 16.66 Sq Km
Otemma Gl. D' Glacier, 16.55 Sq Km
Zinal Glacier De Glacier, 16.24 Sq Km
Kanderfirn Glacier, 14.02 Sq Km
Huefifirn Glacier, 13.73 Sq Km
Gauligletscher Glacier, 13.7 Sq Km
Turtmanngl. Glacier, 13.1 Sq Km
Mont Mine Gl. Du Glacier, 10.89 Sq Km
Ob. Grindelwald. Glacier, 10.07 Sq Km
Langgletscher Glacier, 10.03 Sq Km
Allalingletscher Glacier, 9.94 Sq Km
Plaine Morte Gl. Glacier, 9.8 Sq Km
Brenay Gl. Du Glacier, 9.8 Sq Km
Ferpecle Gl. De Glacier, 9.79 Sq Km
Telligletscher Glacier, 9.57 Sq Km
Forno Vadrec Del Glacier, 8.74 Sq Km
Roseg Vadret Da Glacier, 8.72 Sq Km
Mittelaletschgl. Glacier, 8.5 Sq Km
Riedgletscher Glacier, 8.26 Sq Km
Steingletscher Glacier, 8.08 Sq Km
Mont Durand Gl. Glacier, 7.59 Sq Km
Tschierva Vad. Glacier, 6.83 Sq Km
Palue Vadret Da Glacier, 6.62 Sq Km
Griesgletscher Glacier, 6.6 Sq Km
Trient Gl. Du Glacier, 6.58 Sq Km
Dammagletscher Glacier, 6.32 Sq Km
Schwarzberggl. Glacier, 6.2 Sq Km
Rosenlauigl. Glacier, 6.2 Sq Km
Tschingelfirn Glacier, 6.18 Sq Km
Moiry Glacier De Glacier, 6.11 Sq Km
Hohlichtgl. Glacier, 6.07 Sq Km
Mont Collon Gl. Glacier, 6.02 Sq Km

Switzerland Glacier Database Field Descriptions

PHOTO_YEAR
Description: The 4-digit year of the photograph used for measurements of Switzerland glacier parameters. Note: If more than one photograph were used, the most relevant year is recorded here; and the others used are recorded in the REMARKS field. In general, the Switzerland glaciers outlines; and hence, the values for area and length; were determined from Switzerland aerial photographs, so we recommend using the PHOTO_YEAR for glacier area values.
No Data Value: Null
Example: 1976

MAX_ELEV
Description: Maximum elevation of the highest point of the Switzerland glacier in meters above sea level, up to 4 digits.
No Data Value: Null
Example: 3962

MEAN_ELEV
Description: The mean elevation is the altitude of the contour line, in meters above sea level, that halves the area of the glacier, up to 4 digits.
No Data Value: Null
Example: 3170

MIN_ELEV
Description: The minimum elevation of the lowest point of the glacier in meters above sea level, up to 4 digits.
No Data Value: Null
Example: 1590

FORM
0 Miscellaneous Any type not listed below.
1 Compound Basins Two or more individual valley glaciers issuing from tributary valleys and coalescing.
2 Compound Basin Two or more individual accumulation basins feeding one glacier system.
3 Simple Basin Single accumulation area.
4 Cirque Occupies a separate, rounded, steep-walled recess which has formed on a mountain side.
5 Niche Small glacier in a V-shaped gully or depression on a mountain slope; generally more common than genetically further-developed cirque glacier.
6 Crater Occurring in extinct or dormant volcanic craters.
7 Ice Apron Irregular, usually thin ice mass which adheres to mountain slopes or ridges.
8 Group A number of similar ice masses occurring in close proximity to one another but are too small to be assessed individually.
9 Remnant Inactive, usually small ice masses left by a receding Switzerland glacier.

FRONT_PROF:
0 Miscellaneous Any type not listed below.
1 Piedmont Ice field formed on a lowland area by lateral expansion of one or coalescence of several glaciers.
2 Expanded Foot Lobe or fan formed where the lower portion of the glacier leaves the confining wall of a valley and extends on to a less restricted and more level surface.
3 Lobed Part of an ice sheet or ice cap, disqualified as an outlet glacier.
4 Calving Terminus of a glacier sufficiently extending into sea or lake water to produce icebergs; includes- for this inventory- dry land ice calving which would be recognizable from the "lowest glacier elevation."
5 Confluent Coalescing, non-contributing.
6 Irregular, mainly clean ice (mountain or valley glaciers).
7 Irregular, mainly debris-covered (mountain or valley glaciers).
8 Single lobe, mainly clean ice (mountain or valley glaciers).
9 Single lobe, mainly debris-covered (mountain or valley glaciers).

SRC_NOURSH:
0 Unknown
1 Snow
2 Avalanches
3 Superimposed ice

TONGUE_ACT:
0 Uncertain
1 Marked retreat
2 Slight retreat
3 Stationary
4 Slight advance
5 Marked advance
6 Possible surge
7 Known surge
8 Oscillating

TOTAL_AREA:
The total area of the glacier in a horizontal projection in square kilometers.

AREA_ACY:
Area Accuracy Ratings
Rating Accuracy (%)
1 0 - 5
2 5 - 10
3 10 - 15
4 15 - 30
5 > 30

AREA_IN_ST:
The total area of the Switzerland glacier that resides in the political state concerned in a horizontal projection in square kilometers.

AREA_EXP:
The area of the exposed ice of the glacier in a horizontal projection in square kilometers.

MEAN_WIDTH:
The mean width of the Switzerland glacier in a horizontal projection in kilometers.

MEAN_LENGT:
Mean length of the Switzerland glacier in a horizontal projection in kilometers.

MAX_LENGTH:
Maximum length of the Switzerland glacier in kilometers measured along the most important flowline in a horizontal projection.

MAX_LEN_EX:
Maximum length, in kilometers, of the exposed ice of the glacier in a horizontal projection.

MAX_LEN_AB:
Maximum length, in kilometers, of the ablation area of the Switzerland glacier in a horizontal projection.


Source: World Glacier Inventory
Map Copyright CCCARTO 2016