Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 133–148, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 133–148, 2016
Research article
18 Jan 2016
Research article | 18 Jan 2016

Climatic controls and climate proxy potential of Lewis Glacier, Mt. Kenya

R. Prinz et al.

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Lewis Glacier has lost > 80 % of its extent since the late 19th century. A sensitivity study using a process-based model assigns this shrinking to decreased atmospheric moisture without increasing air temperatures required. The glacier retreat implies a distinctly different coupling between the glacier's surface-air layer and its surrounding boundary layer, underlining the difficulty of deriving palaeoclimates for larger glacier extents on the basis of modern measurements of small glaciers.