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Nigardsbreen is one of the largest and best known outlet glaciers from Jostedalsbreen. Length change observations has been carried out since 1899, and mass balance investigations since 1962.

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1964 - 2013
Year area

(kmĀ²)
Source
1964 48,31 Glacier map
1966 47,9 N50
1974 48,10 Glacier map
1984 48,86 Glacier map
2009 47,93 LiDAR/Orthophoto
2013 46,61 LiDAR/Orthophoto

1900 - 2018
Year Length change (m) Cumulative length change (m)
1900 0 Start
1903 -73 -73
1907 8 -65
1908 -10 -75
1909 18 -57
1910 -31 -88
1911 5 -83
1912 -40 -123
1913 -11 -134
1914 -13 -147
1915 -25 -172
1916 -20 -192
1917 -19 -211
1918 -16 -227
1919 -21 -248
1920 -14 -262
1921 -16 -278
1922 7 -271
1923 -23 -294
1924 -13 -307
1925 10 -297
1926 16 -281
1927 -16 -297
1928 12 -285
1929 20 -265
1930 6 -259
1931 -9 -268
1932 -15 -283
1933 -15 -298
1934 -45 -343
1935 -25 -368
1936 5 -363
1937 -17 -380
1938 -21 -401
1939 -50 -451
1940 -28 -479
1941 -41 -520
1942 -19 -539
1943 -38 -577
1944 -10 -587
1945 -43 -630
1946 -35 -665
1947 -113 -778
1948 -145 -923
1949 -92 -1015
1950 -47 -1062
1951 -56 -1118
1952 -87 -1205
1953 -60 -1265
1954 -41 -1306
1955 -72 -1378
1956 -53 -1431
1957 -34 -1465
1958 -49 -1514
1959 -66 -1580
1960 -87 -1667
1961 -55 -1722
1962 -30 -1752
1963 -65 -1817
1964 -55 -1872
1965 -54 -1926
1966 -181 -2107
1972 -334 -2441
1973 -65 -2506
1974 -46 -2552
1975 -16 -2568
1976 -1 -2569
1977 -7 -2576
1978 -14 -2590
1979 3 -2587
1980 1 -2586
1981 -11 -2597
1982 4 -2593
1983 -5 -2598
1984 0 -2598
1985 -2 -2600
1986 -3 -2603
1987 -1 -2604
1988 -9 -2613
1989 1 -2612
1990 7 -2605
1991 10 -2595
1992 21 -2574
1993 14 -2560
1994 36 -2524
1995 46 -2478
1996 40 -2438
1997 19 -2419
1998 23 -2396
1999 17 -2379
2000 25 -2354
2001 -4 -2358
2002 -1 -2359
2003 24 -2335
2004 -25 -2360
2005 -8 -2368
2006 -32 -2400
2007 -4 -2404
2008 -1 -2405
2009 -24 -2429
2010 -39 -2468
2011 -28 -2496
2012 -27 -2523
2013 -33 -2556
2014 -52 -2608
2015 -39 -2647
2016 -70 -2717
2017 -54 -2771
2018 -81 -2852
1962 - 2017
Year Winter balance (m.w.e.) Summer balance (m.w.e.) Annual balance (m.w.e.)
1962  2.11  0.17  2.27
1963  1.78 -1.96 -0.19
1964  1.96 -1.19  0.76
1965  1.93 -1.17  0.76
1966  1.74 -2.69 -0.95
1967  2.98 -1.18  1.80
1968  2.49 -2.41  0.08
1969  1.69 -3.14 -1.45
1970  1.66 -2.30 -0.63
1971  2.17 -1.31  0.85
1972  1.79 -2.02 -0.23
1973  2.47 -1.41  1.06
1974  1.93 -1.72  0.21
1975  2.43 -2.41  0.02
1976  2.87 -2.44  0.44
1977  1.49 -2.33 -0.84
1978  2.00 -2.24 -0.24
1979  2.43 -2.10  0.34
1980  1.76 -3.03 -1.28
1981  2.19 -1.98  0.21
1982  1.88 -2.30 -0.42
1983  2.94 -2.03  0.91
1984  2.49 -2.30  0.19
1985  1.60 -2.39 -0.79
1986  1.34 -1.96 -0.62
1987  2.47 -1.57  0.90
1988  2.08 -3.37 -1.30
1989  3.36 -0.94  2.42
1990  3.34 -2.22  1.12
1991  1.79 -2.03 -0.24
1992  2.66 -1.53  1.13
1993  2.52 -1.40  1.12
1994  2.01 -1.86  0.15
1995  2.85 -2.03  0.82
1996  1.25 -1.99 -0.74
1997  2.45 -2.98 -0.53
1998  2.29 -1.83  0.46
1999  2.21 -2.39 -0.18
2000  3.13 -1.86  1.27
2001  1.69 -2.08 -0.40
2002  2.24 -3.47 -1.23
2003  1.49 -3.01 -1.52
2004  1.83 -2.23 -0.40
2005  2.72 -1.83  0.89
2006  1.63 -3.36 -1.73
2007  2.86 -2.20  0.66
2008  2.82 -2.04  0.78
2009  2.04 -2.10 -0.06
2010  1.36 -2.46 -1.10
2011  1.73 -2.86 -1.13
2012  2.71 -1.73  0.98
2013  2.30 -2.96 -0.65
2014  2.73 -3.07 -0.34
2015  3.06 -1.35  1.71
2016  2.81 -2.33  0.49
2017  2.17 -1.58  0.59