OZCAR-RI CRYOBSCLIM Mer de Glace Glacier - France
OZCAR-RI CRYOBSCLIM Mer de Glace Glacier
Parent Site Name
Mer de Glace Glacier (MDG) is located in the Mont-Blanc valley (France), between 1500 and 3600 m altitude. The glacier is the larger glacier in France and one of the glaciers with longest records of glacier mass balance worldwide. Data series are continuous and cover few decades.This site is also characterized by the complete glaciological parameters performed annually to complete annual and seasonnal mass balance : ice velocity, ice thickness variation, snout position.In addition, meteorological observations complete the data base. MDG is a part of the French Glacier Observatory GLACIOCLIM/CRYOBS-CLIM.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
All the series on Mer de Glace glacier (MDG) are unique and necessary for glaciological studies. They permit to calibrate models in order to determine future glacier evolution. Mer de Glace data are also unique to test hydrological models in the catchment.
Continuous mass balance survey started in 1983.
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