EGU24-6979, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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QFuego-Patagonia: a comprehensive glacier-related dataset for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, South America

David Farías-Barahona1, Marius Schaefer2, Matthias Braun3, Valentina Peña1, Jorge Hernández2, and the Team QFuego-Patagonia*
David Farías-Barahona et al.
  • 1University of Concepcion, Chile (
  • 2Austral University, Chile
  • 3Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (Fuego-Patagonia 45°S to 56°S) comprise large ice fields known as Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI) and Southern Patagonia Icefield (SPI), as well as other significant glacierized areas such as the Cordillera Darwin (CD), the Isla Santa Inés, Hoste, and hundreds of smaller glaciers. In total, this ice coverage adds up to an approximate area of 22,000 km2, accounting for about 80% of South America's total.

Throughout the 20th century, much of the knowledge about these glaciers was based on in-situ measurements and data extracted from emerging remote sensing techniques. These efforts were primarily undertaken by scientists from Argentina, Chile, Germany, the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as well as the ongoing contributions of government institutions in Chile and Argentina.

Due to increased access to new and more precise satellites, optical and radar sensors, geophysical methods, meteorological instruments, and the sophistication of numerical models in the present century, knowledge about glaciers in Patagonia has significantly expanded. In recent decades, there have been regular updates on changes in area, elevation, surface speeds, determination of thickness in more locations, etc. In this work, we present a comprehensive dataset of the glaciers of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (QFuego-Patagonia) consolidated in a Geographic Information System (GIS), which will be made available to the community. This database includes elevation changes, GPR measurements, subglacial topography modeling, as well as time series of surface velocities, among others, which serve as the basis for modeling and projecting the future of Patagonian glaciers. We also announce the new QFuego-Patagonia web portal, where some of the data presented here will be available to the scientific community (

Team QFuego-Patagonia:

Andreas Richter, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany; Andrés Rivera, Universidad de Chile; Claudio Bravo, Centro de estudios Científicos, CECs, Chile; Daniel Falaschi, Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales (IANIGLA) Eñaut Izagirre, Universidad del País Vasco, España; Francisca Bown, Tambo consultores, Chile; Franziska Temme, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Gino Casassa, Universidad de Magallanes, Chile Ilaria Tabone, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Johannes J. Fürst, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Lucas Ruiz, Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales (IANIGLA); Luciano Mendoza, Universidad de la Plata, Argentina; Masahiro Minowa, University of Hokkaido, Japan; Michał Pętlicki, Jagiellonian University, Poland; Morgan McDonnell, University of Utah, USA; Neil Glasser, Aberystwyth University, UK; Philipp Malz, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Ricardo Giesecke, Universidad Austral, Chile Rodrigo Aguayo, Universidad de Concepción, Chile; Ryan Wilson, University of Huddersfield, UK; Sebastien Bertrand, Universiteit Gent, Belgium; Shuntaro Hata, University of Hokkaido, Japan; Thomas Loriaux, Universidad de Santiago, Chile; Tobias Sauter, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Wolfgang H. Meier, Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Austria

How to cite: Farías-Barahona, D., Schaefer, M., Braun, M., Peña, V., and Hernández, J. and the Team QFuego-Patagonia: QFuego-Patagonia: a comprehensive glacier-related dataset for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, South America, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-6979,, 2024.