Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 3889–3913, 2022

Special issue: Extreme environment datasets for the three poles

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 3889–3913, 2022
Data description paper
01 Sep 2022
Data description paper | 01 Sep 2022

A new global dataset of mountain glacier centerlines and lengths

Dahong Zhang et al.

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The length of a glacier is a key determinant of its geometry; glacier centerlines are crucial inputs for many glaciological applications. Based on the European allocation theory, we present a new global dataset that includes the centerlines and lengths of 198 137 mountain glaciers. The accuracy of the glacier centerlines was 89.68 %. The constructed dataset comprises 17 sub-datasets which contain the centerlines and lengths of glacier tributaries.