Dataset Description

The Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI 3.2) is a global inventory of glacier outlines. It is supplemental to the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative (GLIMS). Production of the RGI was motivated by the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) and is being released initially with little documentation in view of the IPCC's tight deadlines during 2012. Updates beyond the IPCC 2012 deadlines will take the form of additions to the GLIMS Glacier Database. As resources allow, all these data will be incorporated into the GLIMS Glacier Database.

For more details, and for a complete list of contributors, please see the RGI 3.2 Technical Report (PDF format).


RGI Consortium (2013). Randolph Glacier Inventory – A Dataset of Global Glacier Outlines: Version 3.2: Technical Report, Global Land Ice Measurements from Space, Colorado, USA. Digital Media. DOI:

Release schedule

  • RGI Version 1.0: released Feb 22, 2012
  • RGI Version 2.0: released June 12, 2012. Version 2.0 includes metadata on data sources, outlining techniques and incorporates newly available outlines.
  • RGI Version 3.0: released April 7, 2013. Version 3.0 includes identification of all tidewater basins and delineation of glaciers from glacier complexes in nearly all regions.
  • RGI Version 3.2: released August 31, 2013.

Data Access

Get the RGI 3.2

Other versions

RGI 6.0 (Recommended)

RGI 5.0

RGI 4.0

RGI 2.0

RGI 1.0