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ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative (Glaciers CCI): Randolph Glacier Inventory gridded data product, v5.0

Latest Data Update: 2015-09-11
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 1 Files | 2MB


The Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI 5.0) is a global inventory of glacier outlines. It is supplemental to the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative (GLIMS). Production of the RGI was motivated by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5). Future updates will be made to the RGI and the GLIMS Glacier Database in parallel during a transition period. As all these data are incorporated into the GLIMS Glacier Database and as download tools are developed to obtain GLIMS data in the RGI data format, the RGI will evolve into a downloadable subset of GLIMS, offering complete one-time coverage, version control, and a standard set of attributes.

The product provided here is a converted raster version of the Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI 5.0) data, provided by the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Glaciers project. The CCI Glaciers project is one of a number of contributors to the RGI 5.0 dataset. For more details, and for a complete list of contributors, please see the RGI 5.0 Technical Report in the Documentation section below.

The following reference is recommended when citing RGI version 5.0:
Arendt, A., A. Bliss, T. Bolch, J.G. Cogley, A.S. Gardner, J.-O. Hagen, R. Hock, M. Huss, G. Kaser, C. Kienholz, W.T. Pfeffer, G. Moholdt, F. Paul, V. Radić, L. Andreassen, S. Bajracharya, N.E. Barrand, M. Beedle, E. Berthier, R. Bhambri, I. Brown, E. Burgess, D. Burgess, F. Cawkwell, T. Chinn, L. Copland, B. Davies, H. De Angelis, E. Dolgova, L. Earl, K. Filbert, R. Forester, A.G. Fountain, H. Frey, B. Giffen, N. Glasser, W.Q. Guo, S. Gurney, W. Hagg, D. Hall, U.K. Haritashya, G. Hartmann, C. Helm, S. Herreid, I. Howat, G. Kapustin, T. Khromova, M. König, J. Kohler, D. Kriegel, S. Kutuzov, I. Lavrentiev, R. LeBris, S.Y. Liu, J. Lund, W. Manley, R. Marti, C. Mayer, E.S. Miles, X. Li, B. Menounos, A. Mercer, N. Mölg, P. Mool, G. Nosenko, A. Negrete, T. Nuimura, C. Nuth, R. Pettersson, A. Racoviteanu, R. Ranzi, P. Rastner, F. Rau, B. Raup, J. Rich, H. Rott, A. Sakai, C. Schneider, Y. Seliverstov, M. Sharp, O. Sigurðsson, C. Stokes, R.G. Way, R. Wheate, S. Winsvold, G. Wolken, F. Wyatt, N. Zheltyhina, 2015, Randolph Glacier Inventory – A Dataset of Global Glacier Outlines: Version 5.0. Global Land Ice Measurements from Space, Boulder Colorado, USA. Digital Media.

Citable as:  Arendt, A.; Bliss, A.; Bolch, T.; Cogley, J.G.; Gardner, A.S.; Hagen, J.-O.; Hock, R.; Huss, M.; Kaser, G.; Kienholz, C.; Pfeffer, W.T.; Moholdt, G.; Paul, F.; Radic, V.; Andreassen, L.; Bajracharya, S.; Barrand, N.E.; Beedle, M.; Berthier, E.; Bhambri, R.; Brown, I.; Burgess, E.; Burgess, D.; Cawkwell, F.; Chinn, T.; Copland, L.; Davies, B.; De Angelis, H.; Dolgova, E.; Earl, L.; Filbert, K.; Forester, R.; Fountain, A.G.; Frey, H.; Giffen, B.; Glasser, N.; Guo, W.Q.; Gurney, S.; Hagg, W.; Hall, D.; Haritashya, U.K.; Hartmann, G.; Helm, C.; Herreid, S.; Howat, I.; Kapustin, G.; Khromova, T.; Konig, M.; Kohler, J.; Kriegel, D.; Kutuzov, S.; Lavrentiev, I.; LeBris, R.; Liu, S.Y.; Li, X.; Lund, J.; Manley, W.; Marti, R.; Mayer, C.; Miles, E.S.; Menounos, B.; Mercer, A.; Molg, N.; Mool, P.; Nosenko, G.; Negrete, A.; Nuimura, T.; Nuth, C.; Pettersson, R.; Racoviteanu, A.; Ranzi, R.; Rastner, P.; Rau, F.; Raup, B.; Rich, J.; Rott, H.; Sakai, A.; Schneider, C.; Seliverstov, Y.; Sharp, M.; Sigurðsson, O.; Stokes, C.; Way, R.G.; Wheate, R.; Winsvold, S.; Wolken, G.; Wyatt, F.; Zheltyhina, N. (2016): ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative (Glaciers CCI): Randolph Glacier Inventory gridded data product, v5.0. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: ESA, Glaciers, CCI, RGI


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Data were produced by an international consortium (, and this derived raster version of the project forms part of the data provided by the ESA CCI Glaciers project and was supplied to CEDA as part of the ESA CCI Open Data Portal Project

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