Storbreen, Scandinavia

Mass Balance Factsheet for the Storbreen, Scandinavia

Storbreen (61°36′ N, 8°8′ E) (now written with an -an ending on official maps: Storbrean) is situated in the Leirdalen valley in the western part of Jotunheimen, a mountain area in southern Norway. The glacier has a total area of 5.4 km² and ranges in altitude from 1390 to 2090 m a.s.l. The length of this east-facing glacier is 3 km, and it has an average slope of 14°. Glaciological investigations include mass balance observations since 1949 and glacier length change measurements since 1902.
Further information and references for Storbreen 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.

FACTS:

  • Political unit: NO
  • WGMS ID: 302
  • Latitude: 61.57°N
  • Longitude: 8.13°E
  • Height min: 1400 m a.s.l.
  • Height max: 2102 m a.s.l.
  • Measurement types: MASS BALANCE, THICKNESS CHANGE & FRONT VARIATION
  • Current Principal Investigator: LISS M. ANDREASSEN & Colleagues
  • Current Sponsoring Agency: NORWEGIAN WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY DIRECTORATE (NVE) – SECTION FOR GLACIERS, ICE AND SNOW (OSLO, NO)
Storbreen in July 2008 (taken by Liss M. Andreassen on 29/07/2008)

Storbreen in July 2008 (taken by Liss M. Andreassen on 29/07/2008)

Terrestrial and satellite map of Storbreen (Google Maps)

Storbreen Annual Mass Balance (WGMS, 2016)

Storbreen Annual Mass Balance (WGMS, 2016)

Continuous Mass Balance (MB) measurements since 1948/49:

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

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Selected references:

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/.

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last change 9/11/2016