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World Data Center For Glaciology and Geocryology, Lanzhou

Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute


Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS)


Lanzhou 730000

TEL: +86-931-8279161


Fax: +86-931-8275246




Maintained by:

Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS

Summary of Data Held:

Variation of glaciers, snow cover, frozen ground and meltwater runoff; general observation data of hydrology, climatology, glaciers and periglacial in Tianshan Glaciological Station, and the Qinghai-Xizang plateau comprehensive observation station, data of snow drifts and avalanches, engineering parameters for prevention of frost damage in high cold region, etc. Glacier inventories of Qilian Shan, Altay Mountains, and Tianshan Mountains.

User Services:

 Open to visitors during normal working hours.

Data Products, Publications:

 Glacier Inventory of China on diskette, part of World Glacier Inventory


Summary of Data sharing work of WDC for glaciology and geocryology

WDC-D was established in China in Septermber 1988. It is run by the Chinses National Committee for WDC. WDC-D is a comprehensive center covering nine disciplines so far. WDC-D for glaciology and geocryology was established by Cold and Arid Region Environment and Engineering Institution in 1991. Our aims are to collect, restore, analysis and publish the data involved in Cryosphere (ice, frozen soil and snow). The ranges conclude Chinese Cryosphere, and some data in Antarctic and Arctic areas.

1.       Existent data

With the long time accumulation, WDC-D for glaciology and geocryology has gained some special databases in aspects of glacier in mountainous region, snow, frozen soil temperature, Cryosphere geographical information system, and remote sensing data and so on.

2.       Data server and exchange

WDC-D for glaciology and geocryology provide the data for scientific researchers and graduate students in the Cryosphere field. At the same time, we exchange the data with other data centers, especially the WDC-A for glaciology.

3. History data to be protected

Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology is the main scientific research units that engage the Chinese Cryosphere research. From 1958, many researchers accumulated a large of valued data in hardy fields. Furthermore, following units deal with the Chinese Cryosphere researches, Xinjiang institute of Geography, cas, urumqi, Changchun institute of Geography, cas, urumqi, Lanzhou University, Peking University, Nanjing University, Northwest branch of railway sciences research institute of Railway ministry, Forestry and irrigation research departments of northeast provinces, Tibet communication office, and so on. The above units have many special Cryosphere databases, especially engineering and frost disasters databases. These databases are the Cryosphere fundamental researches, and indispensable basic data to the engineering construction in cold regions and disasters prevention. On the other hand, the data maybe lose if we do not collect, restore and manage them in time. Therefore, WDC-D for glaciology and geocryology must take on the responsibility to organize and summarize data resources of every unit and to set up the Cryosphere database.

4. Data classification

For data sharing, we classify our data based on the commonweal, tactic, technicality and commerce.




322 Donggang West Road, Lanzhou  730000, Gansu Province, P. R. CHINA

TEL:+86-931-8279161       Fax:+86-931-8275246