Hintereisferner, Alps

Mass Balance Factsheet for the Hintereisferner, Alps

Hintereis Ferner Glacier is a valley glacier situated in the Eastern Alps of Austria. This glacier has been classified as one of the ‘reference glaciers’ by the World Glacier Monitoring Service because it has received continuous long-term observations dating back to the year 1952/53. The tongue of the glacier is located in a northeast-orientated valley and the firn area faces north, east and south. The mean air temperature (1906-2005) measured at the climate station Vent (1906 m a.s.l) was -1.6 °C and the mean annual lapse rate is 0.57 °C/100 m. For additional information on the status of the glacier and on data relating to annual mass balance and other measurements, visit the WGMS MetaDataBrowser.

FACTS:

  • Political unit: AT
  • WGMS ID: 491
  • Latitude: 46.80°N
  • Longitude: 10.77°E
  • Height min: 2507 m a.s.l.
  • Height max: 3739 m a.s.l.
  • Measurement types: MASS BALANCE, THICKNESS CHANGE & FRONT VARIATION
  • Current Principal Investigator: Rainer Prinz, & Colleagues
  • Current Sponsoring Agency: INSTITUTE OF METEOROLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF INNSBRUCK (INNSBRUCK, AT)
Hintereisferner in September 2006 (taken by A. Lambrecht on 12/09/2006)

Hintereisferner in September 2006 (taken by A. Lambrecht on 12/09/2006)

Terrestrial and satellite map of Hintereisferner (Google Maps)

Hintereisferner Annual Mass Balance (WGMS, 2016)

Hintereisferner Annual Mass Balance (WGMS, 2016)

Continuous Mass Balance (MB) measurements since 1952/53:

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Additional data available: Front Variation (FV), Thickness Change (TC) and Glacier Outlines:

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Selected references: tba

Overview

last change 18/08/2016