PROGRESS AND PROBLEMS OF GLACIER INVENTORY IN CHINA
Shi Yafeng, Wang Zongtai & Liu Chaohai (Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Cryopedology,Academia Sinica)
Since 1979, the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Cryopedology has compiled the glacier inventory in China according to TTS standards. Now, the inventory work of Qilian Shan and Altai Shan was finished. There are totally 2859 glaciers with an area of 1972.5km2, an estimated ice storage at 95.36km2in Qilian Shan. In Chinese Altai, there are totally 416 glaciers with an area of 293.2 km2, an estimated ice storage at 16.49 km3 .Recompilation of Tian Shan glacier inventory according to TTS standards started in 1980. It is estimated that the glacier registration work could be finished this winter, and a book of 4 volumes would be published in 1982. Up to June 1981, the area of mountain glacier in west China based on newly compiled glacier inventory and other materials is somewhat around 56,500 km2. Glacier inventory in Qilian Shan,Altai Shan and Tian Shan makes up only 21% of total glacier area of China. It is estimated that the whole work of glacier inventory in the territory of China could be completed in a period of another 8 years, i. e. in 1990.