New release of Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI 6.0)

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New release of Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI 6.0)

Regine Hock-2
Dear colleagues,
 
The IACS Working Group on the Randolph Glacier Inventory and Infrastructure for Glacier Monitoring is happy to be able to announce the release of version 6.0 of the Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI), the globally complete data set of digital outlines of glaciers, excluding the ice sheets. The RGI is a resource for global/regional-scale mass-balance assessments and projections.
 
In most regions, glacier outlines are unchanged between RGI 5.0 and 6.0. Outlines were updated in the conterminous US, Scandinavia, Iran, and the European Alps. In addition surging codes were added to >1500 glaciers based on the global inventory of Sevestre and Benn (2015). Improved digital elevation models were used to derive each glacier's hypsometry for several high-latitude regions. Digital Object Identifiers (doi) have been obtained for this and earlier versions.
 
The new version of the inventory and accompanying Technical Note (reference: RGI Consortium, 2017, Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI) – A Dataset of Global Glacier Outlines: Version 6.0. Technical Report, Global Land Ice Measurements from Space, Boulder Colorado, USA. Digital Media, doi:10.7265/N5-RGI-60)
can be downloaded from http://www.glims.org/RGI/randolph60.html. The general URL for the RGI is www.glims.org/RGI/.
 
We thank all contributors to the new RGI release.
 
With regards, for the Working Group members*,
Graham Cogley and Regine Hock (Co-chairs).
 
The RGI working group is sponsored by the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)
http://www.cryosphericsciences.org/wg_randGlacierInv.html
 
* Members of the Working Group:
Etienne Berthier, Andrew Bliss, Tobias Bolch, Graham Cogley, Koji Fujita,
Alex Gardner, Regine Hock, Matthias Huss, Georg Kaser, Christian Kienholz,
Anil Kulkarni, Shiyin Liu, Christopher Nuth, Ben Marzeion, Takayuki Nuimura,
Frank Paul, Valentina Radić, Bruce Raup, Akiko Sakai, Donghui Shangguan,
Arun Shrestha.


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Regine Hock
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska
903 Koyukuk Dr.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320
ph: 907 - 474 7691
fax: 907 - 474 5882
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