GIS for Glaciers and Glacial Landforms

Tobias Bolch*, David Loibl

*Corresponding author for this work

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Glaciers are dynamic features which react sensible to climate change. They shape the landscape in a characteristic way due to their erosive power, and the transportation and deposition of eroded material. GIS offers, in combination with remote sensing data and digital elevation models (DEMs), a powerful tool to identify glaciers and glacial landforms and analyze their characteristics and changes. This chapter presents basic concepts and established methods in this regard such as mapping of glaciers, identification of former glacier extents and glacial landforms in a GIS by using optical imagery and digital terrain analysis. Moreover, application of GIS and DEMs for investigating glacier area, volume, and mass changes are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGis Applications for Socio-Economics and Humanity
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780128046609
ISBN (Print)9780128047934
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital elevation model (DEM)
  • Geomorphometry
  • GIS
  • Glacial landforms
  • Glacier
  • Glacier bed
  • Glacier changes
  • Glacier inventory
  • Little Ice Age
  • Remote sensing
  • Terrain analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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