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Glacier change information from the World Glacier Monitoring Service.

The wgms Glacier app provides access to monitoring data depicting older and recent developments of glaciers worldwide, their size, elevation, and their changes in length and volume. Photographs of glaciers and graphs of their development give insights into the glaciers' reaction to climate and into monitoring programs that document them. The compass and a card game are a fun way to increase your understanding and knowledge of glacier distribution and changes.

Detailed content:

Map search for glaciers:
- map function with satellite images as background
- clickable glacier points and clusters
- basic orientation map for offline use

Text search for glaciers:
- find glaciers by name, country, mountain region
- filter your search result by type of observation, growing and shrinking glacier status

Detailed view of glaciers:
- photographs for many glaciers
- detailed information on every single glacier: length, area, minimum and maximum elevation
- graphs showing monitoring results for different observation types
- explanations of the observation methods
- information on the latest investigators and their institutions

- save your favourite glaciers in a separate list

- real-time compass that shows the glaciers around you in every direction reaching up to 2000km, showing clickable results

- Card game to test your knowledge against the computer
The GlacierApp allows you to explore all available glacier change information using a map browser, a text search, a compass. or by playing the glacier card game.

wgms ist located at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich (UZH).

What’s New

Version 2.0

Update to version 2.0 of the wgms Glacier App and profit from the following innovations:

• New data on glacier special events such as floods, avalanches, surge or calving dynamics
• New function to submit your own glacier photograph
• Improved visibility of principal investigators and latest publications related to glacier observations
• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and new filter options to search for fascinating glaciers


Universitaet Zuerich
43.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 World Glacier Monitoring Service (wgms)


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