Snow, Ice and Environment Over the Tibetan Plateau Zone II Versions ZH3 Vol 6 (2) 2021
A dataset of glacier inventory in Western China during 2017–2018
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Abstract & Keywords
Abstract: The glaciers in Western China are highly sensitive to climate change and change greatly. Since the second glacier inventory in China, there has been a lack of systematic investigation on the glaciers in Western China. Based on the second glacier inventory data , this dataset has completed the extraction of glacier boundaries, quality checking of boundaries, uncertainty analysis of area and updating of glacier attributes in Western China during 2017–2018 through various data sources such as 315 Landsat remote sensing images and SRTM, combined with processing software of ArcGIS and Google Earth, and through manual visual interpretation. The results show that 53,238 glaciers existed in Western China in 2018, with a total area of 47,174.21 ± 19.93 km2, area error of ±0.04% of the total glacier area. In the southeastern Tibetan Plateau where the second glacier inventory in China is not yet completed, there are 13,066 glaciers with a total area of 7611.25±4.64 km2. This dataset provides data support for studies on glacier changes and the response of glaciers to climate change in Western China.
Keywords: remote sensing; glacier inventory; Western China
Dataset Profile
TitleA dataset of glacier inventory in Western China during 2017–2018
Data authorsRAN Weijie, WANG Xin, GUO Wanqin, ZHAO Huaqiu, ZHAO Xuanru, LIU Shiyin, WEI Junfeng, ZHANG Yong
Data corresponding authorWANG Xin(
Time range2017–2018
Geographical scopeThe Tibetan Plateau and surroundings (71°42′-104°56′E,26°32′-49°47′N)
Spatial resolution30 m
Data volume29.4 MB
Data formatShapefile
Data service system<>
Sources of fundingNational Science Foundation of China (41771075, 41571061)
Dataset compositionThis dataset consists of one data file. The dataset of glacier inventory in Western China during 2017-2018 is named as West_China_glacier_inventory_2018.
Article and author information
Ran Weijie
Wang Xin
Guo Wanqin
Zhao Huaqiu
Zhao Xuanru
Liu Shiyin
Wei Junfeng
Zhang Yong
Publication records
Released: March 25, 2021 ( VersionsZH2
Published: June 28, 2021 ( VersionsZH3