Tarfala Data

Digital elevation model and map data

Digital elevation model (DEM) data of the Tarfala valley and glaciers are available from three sources: maps made through Tarfala Research station, maps made by researchers and deposited here, and data available through other national and international data sources.

Tarfala Research Station data

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Research data

  • Rassepautasjtjocka massif. (Base analog map made by Peter Jansson and Stig Jonsson, DEM based on the analog map made by Margareta Johansson)
  • Salajekna map (Per Klingbjer)
  • Sälkaglaciären map (Per Klingbjer)

Other data sources

Lantmäteriet, The Swedish Land Survey, provides digital elevation models and maps commercially and under license. Please visit their web-site for further enquiries.

Coarser digital elevation data is available from the US Geological Survey (USGS), for example GTopo30 (30 arc-second resolution), GTopo2.


Modeling Climate Conditions Required for Glacier Formation in Cirques of the Rassepautasjtjåkka Massif, Northern Sweden
Hock, R., Johansson, M., Jansson, P., and Bärring, L.
Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, Vol. 34, No. 1 (2002), pp 3–11.
Maps of Storglaciären and their use in glacier monitoring studies. (incl. 2 maps of the glaciers in the Tarfala valley in the scale 1:10 000)
Holmlund, P.
Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, Vol. 78, No. 2/3 (1996), pp. 193–196.
Assessment of requirments for cirque formation in northern Sweden
Jansson, P., Richardsson, C. and Jonsson, S.
Annals of Glaciology, Vol. 28 (1999), pp. 16–22. DOI:10.3189/172756499781821959
Recurring jökulhlaups in Sälka, northern Sweden
Klingbjer, P.
Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, Vol. 86, No. 2 (2004), pp. 169–179.
Identification of climate controls on the dynamic behaviour of the subarctic glacier Salajekna, northern Scandinavia
Klingbjer, P., Brown, I.A. and Holmlund, P.
Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, Vol. 87, No. 1 (2005), pp. 215–229.
The thinning and retreat of Pårteglaciären, northern Sweden, during the twentieth century and its relation to climate
Klingbjer, P., and Neidhardt, F.
Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, Vol. 38, No. 1 (2006), pp 105–112.