Glaciers: change of mass of US glaciers

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Glaciers: change of mass of US glaciers
Measured in meters of water equivalent, which represent changes in the average thickness of a glacier relative to a base year 1965.
EPA based on various sources (2021) – with minor processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
July 23, 2024
Next expected update
September 2024
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This dataset examines the balance between snow accumulation and melting in glaciers, and it describes how glaciers have changed over time.

Retrieved on
April 17, 2024
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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Climate Change Indicators: Glaciers (2021)
The underlying data comes from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Glacier-wide mass balance and compiled data inputs: USGS benchmark glaciers (ver. 4.0, November 2019). Accessed December 2020. doi:10.5066/F7HD7SRF.
More details can be found on the EPA's technical documentation.

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EPA based on various sources (2021) – with minor processing by Our World in Data. “Glaciers: change of mass of US glaciers” [dataset]. United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Climate Change Indicators: Glaciers” [original data]. Retrieved July 24, 2024 from