Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 2075–2097, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 2075–2097, 2016
Research article
14 Sep 2016
Research article | 14 Sep 2016

Heterogeneous glacier thinning patterns over the last 40 years in Langtang Himal, Nepal

Silvan Ragettli et al.

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This study presents a multi-temporal dataset of geodetically derived elevation changes on debris-free and debris-covered glaciers in the Langtang valley, Nepalese Himalaya. Overall, we observe accelerated glacier wastage, but highly heterogeneous spatial patterns and temporal trends across glaciers. Accelerations in thinning correlate with the presence of supraglacial cliffs and lakes, whereas thinning rates remained constant or declined on stagnating debris-covered glacier areas.