Glacier area and the variability of glacier change

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Argha Banerjee, Reshama Kumari


This is the preprint of a letter that is under review in the Journal of Glaciology. The abstract is as follows: Large-scale remote-sensing data on ice loss in the Himalaya and other glacierised regions indicate that the differences in glacier area do not significantly influence the glacier-to-glacier variability of the thinning rate. An analysis of the available data from several regions across the globe reveals another general feature of the recent shrinkage glaciers: the rate of area loss grows sub-linearly as a function of glacier area. These two general characteristics of recent glacier change data are shown to be consistent with each other when the well-known area-volume scaling relation for mountain glaciers is considered. These empirical trends may be helpful in benchmarking simulations of recent and future glacier shrinkage.



Earth Sciences, Glaciology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Mountain Glacier; Glacier change


Published: 2019-05-31 05:59

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