Mass Balance Factsheet for the Storglaciaeren, Scandinavia
Storglaciaeren is a small valley glacier situated in the Kebnekaise Moutains of northern Sweden. 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 1945/46. Mean annual air temperature at the equilibrium line of the glacier (around 1450 m a.s.l. for balanced conditions) is about -6 °C. Approximatively 85% of the glacier is temperate with a cold surface layer in its lower part (ablation area), and its tongue lying discontinuous permafrost. Average annual precipitation is about 1000 mm at the nearby Tarfala Research Station. For additional information on the status of the glacier and on data relating to annual mass balance and other measurements, visit the WGMS MetaDataBrowser.
- Political unit: SE
- WGMS ID: 332
- Latitude: 67.90°N
- Longitude: 18.57°E
- Height min: 1130 m a.s.l.
- Height max: 1750 m a.s.l.
- Measurement types: MASS BALANCE, THICKNESS CHANGE & FRONT VARIATION
- Current Principal Investigator: Per Holmlund, Peter Jansson & Colleagues
- Current Sponsoring Agency: UNIVERSITY OF STOCKHOLM – DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND QUATERNARY GEOLOGY (STOCKHOLM, SE)
Terrestrial and satellite map of Storglaciaeren (Google Maps)
Continuous Mass Balance (MB) measurements since 1945/46:
Additional data available: Front Variation (FV), Thickness Change (TC) and Glacier Outlines:
Selected references: tba