Mass Balance Factsheet for the Aalfotbreen, Scandinavia
The Ålfotbreen ice cap (61°45’N, 5°40’E) is 17 km2, and is both the westernmost and the most maritime glacier in Norway. Mass balance studies are carried out on two adjacent north-facing outlet glaciers – un-officially named Ålfotbreen (4.5 km2) and Hansebreen (3.1 km2). None of the outlet glaciers from the icecap are given names on the official maps. The western of these two has been the subject of mass balance investigations since 1963, and has always been reported as Ålfotbreen.
Further information and references for Aalfotbreen is given on NVE’s webpage.
For information on the status of the glacier and on data relating to annual mass balance and other measurements, visit the WGMS Fluctuations of Glaciers Browser.
- Political unit: NO
- WGMS ID: 317
- Latitude: 61.75°N
- Longitude: 5.65°E
- Height min: 890 m a.s.l.
- Height max: 1368 m a.s.l.
- Measurement types: MASS BALANCE, THICKNESS CHANGE & FRONT VARIATION
- Current Principal Investigator: BJARNE KJOLLMOEN & Colleagues
- Current Sponsoring Agency: NORWEGIAN WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY DIRECTORATE (NVE) – SECTION FOR GLACIERS, ICE AND SNOW (OSLO, NO)
Terrestrial and satellite map of Aalfotbreen (Google Maps)
Continuous Mass Balance (MB) measurements since 1962/63:
Additional data available: Front Variation (FV), Thickness Change (TC) and Glacier Outlines:
Andreassen, L. M., H. Elvehøy, B. Kjøllmoen, and R. V. Engeset, R. V. 2016. Reanalysis of long-term series of glaciological and geodetic mass balance for 10 Norwegian glaciers, The Cryosphere, 10, 535-552, doi:10.5194/tc-10-535-2016.
NVE’s report series Glasiologiske undersøkelser i Norge/Glaciological investigations in Norway. Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Reports are available as pdf’s at https://www.nve.no/hydrology/glaciers/glaciological-investigations-in-norway/.