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A new glacier inventory of Iran

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A new glacier inventory of Iran, compiled according to GLIMS guidelines through the use of photogrammetry and remote sensing supported by fieldwork, provides the first comprehensive study of its mountain glaciers. The glaciers are found in five main areas: two in the higher elevations of the Alborz mountain range (Damavand and Takhte–Soleiman regions), two on the Zardkuh and Oshtorankuh mountain chain in the Zagros mountain range and one in the Sabalan Mountains in northwest Iran. Several important glacier attributes, including minimum and maximum height of ice, area and maximum length and width, together with glacier extent, were successfully extracted using aerial and satellite imagery. Thereafter a comprehensive glacier database was established in a GIS environment.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The Annals of Glaciology is a peer-reviewed, thematic journal published 2 to 4 times a year by the International Glaciological Society (IGS). Publication frequency is determined and volume/issue numbers assigned by the IGS Council on a year-to-year basis and with a lead time of 3 to 4 years. The Annals of Glaciology is included in the ISI Science Citation Index from volume 50, number 50 onwards.

    Themes can be on any aspect of the study of snow and ice. Individual members can make a suggestion for a theme for an Annals issue to the Secretary General, who will forward it to the IGS Publications Committee. The IGS Publication Committee will make a recommendation for an individual themed Annals issue, together with a potential Annals Chief Editor for that issue, to IGS Council. The IGS Council will make the decision whether to proceed, taking into account the spread of topics and the overall capacity for publication of pages in Annals.

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