Data set update: NOAA/NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection

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Data set update: NOAA/NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection

Dear Colleague,

NOAA@NSIDC and the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder Libraries are pleased to announce that the Glacier Photograph Collection, Version 1 data set, accessible through the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), has been updated with over 8,000 new historical images, collected between 1883 through 2012. The Glacier Photograph Collection (GPC) holds digital images of glaciers from around the world and includes photographs that date back to the mid-19th century, providing historical reference for glacier extent. This update includes images that were digitized by scanning selections from an analog collection of photographic prints held by the CU Boulder Libraries archive.  In addition, images were cross referenced to the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) glacier database in order to enhance discoverability. This update increases the size of the digital collection by 35%, bringing the total to approximately 25,000 images.

The photos were acquired for a variety of reasons and by a variety of photographers, both amateur and professional. Several notable glacier photographers in the collection are pioneer glaciologist, William O. Field; renowned photographer and glaciologist, Austin Post; and American geophysicist, Harry Fielding Reid. The GPC now contains the largest published collection of photographs from William O. Field (2,456) and Austin Post (7,099).

Access to the documentation is provided on the data set web page at the NSIDC:

Data Acknowledgments
Data Set DOI:
Data Center: NOAA@NSIDC (
Sponsor: This work was funded by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and NOAA NCEI support to NOAA@NSIDC.

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